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Even when facing the bleakest of paths, the traveler is encouraged knowing that the guide knows what he or she is doing. As we journey through this life, we can also be encouraged knowing that God is in control.
The context of the passage: The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar pillaged Jerusalem, and took the Israelites into captivity. As time passed, their homeland had become an image of desolation. Their dream of returning home felt less and less certain. One can imagine them saying: “Look what has happened to us!” “Will we ever go back to our land?” Will we see the Temple again?” In the midst of such a chaotic present and a doubtful future, God sent them this good news:
“This is God’s Word on the subject: As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:10-11 The Message
Similar to the exile and desolation the Israelites were facing in this passage, life sometimes presents situations that can fill us with sorrow and fear. It may be the case of receiving a critical diagnosis from the doctor, battling a recurring health problem, or seeing a once-cherished relationship fall apart.
In the face of life’s pressing challenges, God wants to remind you of this truth: “I know what I’m doing.” However desperate your situation seems, God wants you to know He is in control. Not even our most severe crises are too complex for Him. No difficulty escapes His attention.
Whatever storms you face today, I encourage you to rest in this reassurance from God: “I know what I’m doing.” May you find peace, comfort, and joy knowing that the God of the universe is in control.
May God bless you.