Recovering hope

Re: Verse reading – Jeremiah 29:1-14 (day one) 
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” (v 11) We call it recovery.  Life destroyed by addiction–drugs, alcohol, porn–and brave, broken people turn to face the pain and regret and find a way to start over.  Are there rules for doing so?  Does God have a word for us when we “hit bottom”?  Yes!  Help came to the people of Judah in the form of a letter.  They had been conquered and captured and carried away into exile, but Jeremiah was not letting go!  He became the voice of hope for recovery.  Psalm 118:18 says, “The Lord has disciplined me severely, but He has not given me over to death.”  Jeremiah speaks this same balanced view.  Consequences do come.  Painful.  Real.  Mercy is even higher.  May the Lord give us grace this week as we read these hopeful words and communicate them to others.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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