“Greetings from Kenya!”

“Greetings from Kenya!”

Greetings Living Waters Church Family, in the Name of Jesus Christ!! By the time you read this, our Sunday ministry in Kenya will already be over. We are nine hours ahead of you. So, if you are reading this at 10:30 AM, its 7:30 PM Kenya time. We are praying diligently for you. We trust you are doing the same for us.

Today I would like to give you a proper understanding to this famous verse, Jeremiah 29:11, and the rest of that paragraph. Jeremiah 29:11-14: “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you seek for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I will cause you to be carried away captive.” 

Isn’t it amazing that we read a great promise, but don’t understand the rest of the passage? We just accept Vs. 11, as a wonderful promise, without reading the conditions to the promise. This promise is a “I will if you will” (conditional) promise.

You already know God loved us first, so implies Vs. 11. God requires a “Then”… something you have to do. You are required in Vs. 12 to call on God (prayer) … and again, He promises I will listen to you.

Vs. 13 requires more than a prayer. “When you seek Me with all your heart,” speaks of an earnestness and a level of intensity that is desperate. It’s a close pursuit of a desired objective.

Vs. 14 promises, “You will find Me… “ Wow! We are seeking answers, but not God! Further, God promises, “I’m going to release you from your captivity.” In fact, says God, “I’m going to bring you HOME!”  For, Jews that meant they would be released from captivity to Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon.  They had been there for 70 years as punishment for their rebellion against God.  By now, a younger generation of Jews were born. God promised, “I haven’t forgotten you. I know where you are,  and how you got there. I make this promise to you, I’ve got HOPE and a FUTURE for you.”

See You Soon!

Pastor Stan