This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 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. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:10-14
The rightness of time is very important in the fulfillment of God’s promises. God fulfills his Word and promises when the time is right to accomplish his purpose of bringing more people into a right relationship with himself. His response also comes in partnership with his people’s earnest prayers. Jeremiah prophesied that the 70-year captivity would provide the right amount of time for God to fulfill a specific purpose among his people. Once that time was up, God would inspire a holy remnant to strongly pray for national spiritual renewal. God would listen and respond to these devoted people, working through them to fulfill his promises of restoration. These spiritual circumstances reveal two spiritual principles: (1) when God desires to to great things for his people, he inspires and impresses them to begin a time of deep and continued prayer; and (2) the timing of God’s answers to these prayers is often linked to God’s purposes for his people as a whole.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Numbers 32:1-33:39, Luke 4:31-5:11, Psalm 64:1-10 and Proverbs 11:22