I’ve heard several folks go on and on about how this scripture doesn’t apply to us, it’s only for Israel, blah de blah.
Well, let’s reverse it and see if it still applies.
‘For I *don’t* know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…’
Well, crap. God doesn’t know the future any more than we do?
We’re screwed already.
Dare I continue?
‘…I don’t have plans to prosper you…’ or ‘…I have plans for you to be broke and miserable…’
Well, that just makes me feel all fine and dandy right there. Again, screwed.
‘…I have plans to harm you…’ or ‘…you’re on your own when harm comes…’
Yep, sounds like Jesus right there, doesn’t it?
‘…and there is no hope for you, and no future.’
Now I ask you, does ANY of that sound like Jesus?
God is confident in our future. Why? Because we have the Holy Spirit in us.
God has plans to prosper us. ‘Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.’ “But that’s just Paul!” Shush. It’s the Holy Spirit praying through Paul.
God doesn’t plan to harm you. He’s determined to protect you. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Look up New Testament scriptures on protection if you don’t believe me.
God has hope for you. Why? Christ is within you. “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
God has a future for you. “Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” And also, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
So let’s not get overzealous with saying which scripture applies where. If a friend (or enemy? Frienemy?) is dogmatic about Jeremiah 29:11, remind them of the converse and see if it applies us, under the New Covenant, under Christ. If any of those negative things I started with applied to us, we’d be messed over.
But Christ is good, and we have the Holy Spirit, and “…all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” (Julian of Norwich).
Be blessed today. God’s got you.