The most famous verse in Jeremiah is assuredly 29:11. It is such a hopeful verse such an inspiring verse. The NIV gives it as
“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.“
But here is my problem with this verse, it’s about Israel’s exiles. He’s talking about them as a whole, but I’m sure even back then people took it personally. So, no I don’t mind you taking it personally. Just remember Jeremiah was the one who recorded these words. and what was in his future?
I have nothing against Egypt. However Jeremiah 42:22 summarizes the whole chapter with the words.
“So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”
And what should happen in the very next chapter, but they take Jeremiah and go down to Egypt. Worst. Kidnapping. Ever.
Maybe the King James Version says it better.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
It may not be our role in life to be clearly blessed, but we are for God’s glory and what else matters. Perhaps we will get taken places against our will, as long as we stand firm we will be in his plans.