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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
Although we like to claim it for ourselves, the promise of prosperity we find in Jeremiah 29 was for the Jewish nation.
God would not forget them.
God would not always be angry with them.
God would relent, but only after a time.
The Nation of Israel had forgotten her God. They had sinned against him and chosen to go their own way. They had bought idols and kneeled down to them on expensive rugs that covered sandy floors.
God was furious at their betrayal.
Israel had not only quit listening to Him-their Rescuer and Redeemer, but they had taught their wives and children, their innocent families, to do the same. This collection of errant men deserved the worst God could bring, and He could bring it bad, but what they got was mercy.
Mercy: Unmerited favor.
What does this mean for us today?
Punishment handed down by God is better than what we’ll get at the hands of our enemies, always. We might not think so at times, but David knew it was true (2 Samuel 24:14). If we will see God as a good, good father, then we will understand that sometimes we are deserving of his correction and that if he didn’t correct us, it would mean He didn’t love us.
Today, let’s think about the Lord’s correction in a right and proper way. As good, so good for us. Let’s pray…
When has God’s correction been a good thing in your life? What needs correcting in your life today?