Stop Taking Jeremiah 29:11 Out of Context!

“First of all, the Israelites were a punishment unto themselves, God was not punishing them to release them from their wicked ways. Jesus was kind to them. They were a complaining group that turned God’s blessings on its head due to their sinning, not God’s punishment. They were ungrateful to God for all that He has so graciously done for them. Their journey did not have to last so long in a wilderness. They were bent on rebellion against God’s mighty grace.” – comment by Gloria Harbison ·Singer/Songwriter at Gospel Song Writer, Singer


article by Kelly Givens

“’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.’”

My Old Testament professor had this to say about the ever-popular Jeremiah 29:11: “I am going to destroy what this verse means to you, but then I’m going to reframe it so you understand it better within it’s original context, and then you will love it even more when we’re done.” He definitely had our attention!

We often approach Jeremiah 29:11 as a security blanket: God has a plan for me that is good, so clearly this suffering I’m going through will end soon and then my flourishing will begin! But that is not at all what God was promising to the Israelites, and it’s not what he’s promising us, either.

Author and blogger Mary DeMuth addresses our misunderstanding of this verse in…

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