I Have A Plan For You – Behind The Music

Jeremiah 29:11 is a pretty famous verse. I’m guessing that many of you know it – or at least you may know the first few words:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

What most people don’t know is the context in which these words were written. The heading for chapter 29 reads “A letter to the exiles”. God’s people, the nation of Israel, had been exiled to Babylon. They were far away from home, and most of them were feeling pretty hopeless. God instructs the prophet Jeremiah to write a letter to His chosen people. God starts off by saying “settle down, have kids, get comfortable, seek peace”. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear when all you want to do is go home.

God continues by saying that they are going to be there for a while – 70 more years. I’m 32 years old. If I was told it would be another 70 years before I got to go home, I’d give up. For most of the people of Israel, this news meant they were going to die in Babylon. But God isn’t finished, He goes on…

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

These are my favorite verses in this famous passage. No matter where we are, God is with us. He will never let us go. In fact, when things feel utterly hopeless, God still has big, huge, awesome plans for us. And one day, He will bring us home. We will go to live with Him forever. Amen.

This is not your home 
I have a plan for you, a plan for you 
So don’t lose hope 
I have a plan for you, a plan for you 

In these dark days you’ll find me 
When you call my name you’ll find me 
When you seek my face you’ll find me 

I have a plan for you 
I will be good to you 
I am the Lord, your God 
And I will not ever let you go 

I’ll bring you home 
I’ll bring you home 
So don’t lose hope 
I’ll bring you home

“I Have A Plan For You” is available on the album Unfailing Love, which can be purchased at BandCamp or iTunes.