Don’t Take Jeremiah 29:11 Out Of Context #Bible #Christian #ItsNotAboutYou

Today’s Bible verse used to be my favorite.  Mostly because I didn’t fully understand its context.  I thought it was all about me.  This seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 is surely one of the most popular Bible verses ever and the irony is that few know what it’s really all about.  If we are honest, many of us have been using it as a way of saying…

If you trust in God, he’ll make you rich, famous, successful, attractive, or whatever else you may want.

I remember telling a mature Christian years ago that Jeremiah 29:11 was my favorite verse and why…  Now I understand the look on his face.  He was debating whether or not he should tell me it doesn’t mean what I thought it meant.

He chose to reply, “Yes, a lot of people like that one.”

I’m pretty sure he knew who wrote the book, to whom the author was speaking, and concerning whom…  I’m sure he also knew that it didn’t mean if I go to church every Sunday and try not to swear, everything would come up roses.

Eh.  I like to figure things out for myself anyway.  In the video, I’m discussing my very high level understanding of the verse.  This was a promise to The Church as a community, not to self-absorbed, want-to-feel-good little Jen.  Our future beautiful plans are coming, just not necessarily on this earth.

In the comments below, have you heard of this verse?  Did you know the circumstances resulting in God speaking this verse?  Does this change anything in your mind?

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