“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).
A lot of people believe God’s plan for humanity involves only two things: going to heaven if you’re good and going the other way if you’re not. If you’re good, he’s the kindly, bearded old man with goodies for you and if you’re bad, he’s the judge, jury and executioner. But God is not shallow, capricious or temperamental. He’s a real being, with deep thoughts and great love for his creation.
Just as God reassured the captives in Babylon, he also reassures us that his plan does not simply revolve around rewarding the “good” folks and punishing the “bad.” He truly cares about each of us, who we are, our hopes and dreams and our relationships with him and the people we love. His plan for us was and is a good future and a bright, shining hope—Jesus, the hope of eternity for everyone.