Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor
For my final Critograph edition of the semester I have decided to do something different. As we continue to approach finals week and graduation for our seniors, I want to address this to them specifically, but of course anyone can take something away from this.
Since I started writing for the Critograph, I have focused solely on Psalms within the bible. However, this week I have chosen to focus on a specific verse in Jeremiah 29. This verse you may ask, is Jeremiah 29:11.
Jeremiah 29 explains Jeremiah’s letter to those who were exiled in 597 B.C. This letter was written sometime between 597 B.C. and the destruction of Jerusalem, which occurred in 586 B.C. God informed Jeremiah that he allowed some people to be taken to Babylon: however, when he did this he told Jeremiah that he would one day bring them back.
For Jeremiah’s audience this could hardly be seen as a good deed. This was because not everyone had been taken away from Jerusalem. Therefore, this letter was written solely for the people who had been sent into exile. These citizens were sent into exile to prove to them that God had a plan for them and that everything in the end was going to work out for the better.
Nevertheless, this verse can also be seen as God’s promise to all of His people.
This is a common known verse within the bible. Therefore, something we do as Christians is take this verse and apply it to our own lives as an assurance of God’s plan for us. However, this verse is bigger than the decisions Christians often apply it to. For example, when you wake up in the morning you have to decide what you’re going to wear, are you going to walk or take the bus, etc. God does in fact, have a future hope that He promises to all of His people.
In contrast, does God have plans for individuals? Of course he does, but this verse is so much more than a promise that will benefit you personally. This is a promise of redemption and salvation that is brought about by the generous sovereignty of God. Therefore, Jeremiah was a future hope for the exiled, and Christians today see it as a future hope of eternal redemption and everlasting life with God. God is the only reason for our hope for the future.
To return to, I want seniors to think about this verse and know that God has a plan for all of his people, and that it is for the better.
There is probably so much going on in your head and so many questions you are asking yourself as graduation approaches. Such as, what is going to happen next? Do I want to continue my education? What am I supposed to do now that my collegiate career is over? At the end of the day, we don’t always have the answers to these questions. Be that as it may, one thing for sure is that God has a plan, and he is working in your favor.
You may not know what’s going to happen, but the Lord sure does.