Finding hope for the final outcome…

Do you feel stuck in your job or in the middle of a project? I hope it’s not the case, but you may feel stuck in marriage or raising the kids. Life may feel nothing like you thought it would – or should.

Are you wondering about the *final outcome* of something?

There have been moments in my life when I felt stuck waiting on something to happen…wondering…hoping…

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcomeJeremiah 29.11 

This verse in Jeremiah is often used to teach about hope and God’s plans. To be sure, Jeremiah 29.11 is for us, but we must get an understanding of this passage from God’s word to see the application for us in the here and now.

Let’s take a brief look at the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Jeremiah 29.

Who?

The book of Jeremiah contains the words of the prophet Jeremiah to God’s people, the nation of Judah (see Jeremiah 29.1-3).

What?

The 29th chapter contains instructions on how the people were to act while in captivity. Jeremiah 29.11 specifically encourages the people to hold out hope.

Where?

Jerusalem and Babylon.

When?

Study reveals the writings of Jeremiah date around 605 B.C. The power and influence of Babylon was on the rise. Judah was under great duress and distress during this period.

Why? 

It’s important to note Jeremiah 29 was a warning of things to come. God’s people, some of whom were already in Babylonian captivity and the remainder to follow, would remain so for seventy years.

How?

  1. How did this passage in Jeremiah encourage?
    • Jeremiah’s prophetic words in chapter twenty-nine gave hope that the captives would see home again. It gave them something to live for in the middle of a desperate and hopeless situation. Jeremiah’s writings encouraged them to live as God’s people submersed in a pagan culture.
  2. How does this apply to us?
    • First, let’s be honest. No matter what we’ve been through most of us have not experienced captivity in a literal sense. Someone may read this post who has known incarceration or being held against their will. If so, you can relate to this story at a level most of us cannot.
    • But, each of us has known captivity in the sense of being held hostage by our sin and lost without Jesus. We may remember hopelessness and desperation. We may recall a time when it seemed we had lost everything precious and dear to us.
    • Today, we have hope. As we look at the circumstances of our lives, we have Hope walking beside us. Yes, He has given us His instructions for living. He asks us to honor Him with our whole heart, just as He did the captives in Jeremiah’s day.

God’s thoughts and plans for us are sure and dependable.

You may not see all He has prepared for you down the road, but you can rest in HopeAre you wondering about the final outcome for your life? We can have hope in God today. Our faith and His love for us will turn the final outcome around.If you feel stuck – desperately looking at the end and wondering how it will all turn out – remember… God has laid out plans to prosper you and not to harm you… Jeremiah 29.11.

If you feel alone, discouraged ,or question your final outcome, remember God’s words spoken through Jeremiah… I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29.11

As we read the Bible today, we find the same Hope Jeremiah foretold. When we place our final outcome in God’s hands, Hope comes alive in us.

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