Planning For The Future (7 of 10) by Jeff Strite

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Planning For The Future (7 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 29:8-14

OPEN: I once read the true story of a woman who told about how frustrated she'd gotten with her husband during the early years of their marriage. Apparently they both worked, but she took pride in the idea that she could still prepare good meals for them to eat. She'd prepare meals in advance and put them in freezer bags, carefully labeling the bags in large clear letters: ''Meatloaf'' or ''Pot Roast'' or ''Steak and Vegetables or ''Chicken and Dumplings'' or ''Beef Pot Pie.''
But when she'd ask her husband what he wanted for dinner - he'd never make a decision. He'd just say something like: ''ah, whatever.''

So, she decided to stock the freezer with what food that he actually asked for. NOW, if you looked in her freezer you'd see a whole new set of labels.

You'd find dinners with neat, legible tags that say: ''Something Good,''
''Whatever,''
''I Don't Know,''
''I Don't Care,''
''Anything,''
or simply: ''Food.''

APPLY: This woman had planned ''good things'' for her husband. She had spent a great deal of time preparing good food for her husband to eat. But he just didn't seem to care…

I. God tells us - here in Jeremiah 29 - that He had prepared good things for Israel

He said: ''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

In fact, God had ALWAYS planned things like this for Israel…
· good things
· things that would give them hope
· things that would give them a future
But they had become like the husband who didn't care what his wife cooked for him. They took their relationship with God for granted. And now they were having to settle for table scraps.

Jeremiah 29:1-2 tells us that this was ''the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, ...


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