This particular Bible verse is one that countless Christians have displayed on their walls and desks as a daily personal encouragement. But if we stop and think about it, the modern practice of flipping through the bible, selecting what we find to be an encouragement, and displaying it under the assurance that it applies to us is questionable. Every passage needs to be look at it in its’ proper biblical context before we can know how to apply it. Does Jeremiah 29:11, written to ancient Israel to give them encouragement that their slavery in Babylon would someday end have any relevance to a modern believer? I know it’s a bit of a kill-joy to question a verse almost universally accepted as an encouragement, but to apply it blindly is to make up our own doctrine as we see fit. Find out if this verse has a message for you, and what that message is by clicking… God’s Plan for Good.
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