Notes on Jeremiah 29:10-14
Dr. Ron Dunn
EX: the back side of embroidery, needlepoint...messy and tangled, but the front side is a beautiful picture...
There have been many times in my life when my life has looked like the underside of embroidery. Just a lot of tangled threads, different colors, no pattern...a lot of things going on in my life that seem to make no sense.
You try to fit them together and you say, "Lord, I don't know why this is happening...this doesn't make sense. And especially since I'm a Christian why are you letting these things happen? It's all like a tangled mess of threads going nowhere yet going everywhere, making no sense, no pattern whatsoever..." And that's the way our lives look sometimes because we're looking at it from the bottom side. If we could see it from the top side as God sees it, we would see that God is weaving and making a beautiful picture...that He does have plans.
It's always interesting to me that here are the Chaldeans, the Babylonians, who are carrying off these people into captivity and they're going through their houses and they're taking away all their possessions and these Israelites are standing there watching all this and God says, "I know the plans I have for you...they are plans of welfare..." I don't believe a single Jew believed that!
They thought that God didn't have a single thought of peace toward them, it looked like that all the thoughts God had toward them were thoughts of evil, thoughts of catastrophe...God had it in for them...and He is punishing them in some way. But God says, "I know what I'm doing! I know the plans that I have for you and they are plans to bring you a future and a hope! I know it looks to you like My thoughts toward you are thoughts of calamity, but I know what I'm doing! And everything I'm doing is to bring you a future and a hope!"
What God was trying to say to you is this... Verse 12 begins with the word "then"...it may not app ...
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