“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.”
- Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah wrote these words to God’s people who were living in exile in Babylon. They had been dragged away from their home country and were living in a tough, tough situation. Their prospects looked bleak.
Jeremiah wanted to remind them that God had good intentions for them. God was involved with them, working for their good. Even though their immediate moment was difficult, their eternal God was good.
This week we’re going to be studying Jeremiah 29, the letter the prophet wrote to the community that was living in exile. As we study this passage, we’ll see principles that shape the way we think about and live out our relationships with other people, especially our marriage relationships.
But before we fully lean into that, we wanted to pause to say that this week will be an “all y’all” week. We say over and over again that we are an “all y’all” church. Being an “all y’all” church shows up in the way we pitch in to help on serving teams and to help out with Chatham Kids. But it also means that we’re involved with helping each other navigate through life. We’re connected with each other.
God’s plans are not just for us as individuals. He has plans for us as a community: to do good in our midst and through us. Together, we can be a blessing to each other and the world.
How have you seen God’s good purposes for you on display through your church community?