Always a Glimmer of Hope
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God’s prophetic word to His disobedient children was often severe. Perhaps nowhere more so than in the Book of Jeremiah. By Jeremiah’s time Judah was so far gone, so deserving of punishment, that Jehovah adjured Jeremiah not to pray for Judah any more (Jeremiah 7:16). Yet, at each turn, after each pronouncement of impending punishment for grievous sins, God offered a glimmer of hope.
The passage above, Jeremiah 29:11, is one of the most encouraging and hopeful passages of the Old Covenant. You might recognize it from graduation cards or the poster in the main stairwell.
In its context, it’s even more encouraging. Yes, Judah had sinned. Yes, they would be punished severely, being taken into captivity for seventy years after which only a remnant would return (Jeremiah 29:4,10). But that remnant would return and God already had plans in place for their welfare. They would have a future, and should have hope.
So it is today. When we have sinned and fallen far short of God’s glory, having brought pain and guilt upon ourselves, there remains a glimmer of hope as long as we have life and our faculties. God wants all to come to repentance, and through His grace and Jesus’ sacrifice we have hope. There is always a glimmer of hope.