Good News: This Is Only for a Season

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However tumultuous your present circumstances may be; take courage. It shall only last for a season.

Jeremiah-29-11

Some context: Most of the Israelites had been living either in exile in Babylon or in their devastated homeland. This lasted for many decades. As time passed, the people found themselves in a rather desolate situation. “How long will these troubles last?” they likely wondered. Amidst the discomfort of those realities, God sent them the 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 how the Israelites felt during the exile, we sometimes ourselves feel that the storms in our lives will last an eternity. For instance, we may feel that the sickness will never go away, that our finances will never be stable, or that the burden of abusive relationships will never lighten.

However tumultuous your present circumstances may be; take courage. This is only for a season. God has appointed a time for the storms in your life to calm. In the case of the Israelites, God established for their exile to last 70 years. Sometimes our struggles go on for many weeks, months, or even years. They often bring with them heavy hearts and teary eyes. Amidst those pressing realities, We can still find hope in God’s reminder to us that this is only for a season.

May your heart be encouraged. May you find peace, comfort, and joy in the knowledge that this is only for a season.

May God bless you.

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