In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the LORD fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah.
He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:
New Year – Same God
Happy Monday! When I read this verse, I saw how God is our good, good Father and wants the best for His children – even if it means letting them go through something not so pleasant.
Here is the verse that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah: “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.” You can probably tell me the next verse after this, without even having to look it up. If not, it’s a good one to memorize when you’re feeling hopeless, unwanted and unloved. “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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT Can you see how God keeps His promises to His children, even by allowing them to go through trials? Could it be that He allowed them to be in exile for seventy years, so that they would turn their hearts back to Him instead of their worldly pleasures and possessions?
The Lord may not be moving quickly through the trial you’re in right now, but He’s moving. You see, His timing is perfect – every, single time (just like in today’s verse). If you’re in a trial right now, what are you learning through it? Are you leaning into Him more? His ways are good and His promises are true. I encourage you to read Jeremiah 29:10-14. You’ll see how He kept His promise to Israel after they were in Babylon for 70 years.
I leave you with this verse for us, that I felt parallels with God’s promise to Israel while they were in their suffering. “…So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” 1 Peter 5:10 NLT It’s a new year, but He’s our Same God – our Good, Good, Father, our Promise Keeper.