This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:10-14 NIV
Even though the people of God had to endure captivity for 70 years because of their sin, God never gave up on them. His plans for them were still good. There are many reasons we endure hard times in this life, some we bring on ourselves and some are just part of life. But in every difficult situation we can rest assured that God is with us. When we pray, He really is listening.
Let the statements God makes in His word bring you encouragement and hope today!
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1b-3a NLT
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Psalm 50:15 NASB
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b ESV
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 NIV
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b ESV
“You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” Isaiah 43;4b NLT
Whatever you may be enduring today, He is able to see you through it! Call out to Him, seek Him with your whole heart and you will find that He is everything you need.