“I am so sick of this pandemic.” As I read these words in a message from a good friend, I couldn’t help but agree. How many times have I said the same thing in these past weeks and months, or heard them repeated by friends and family around me?

I wonder if the Israelites said the same thing when they were in captivity in Babylon? “I am so sick of living in captivity! I just wish my life could go back to normal.”

It was during the Babylonian captivity that God gave these words to Jeremiah. He had plans for them, for their future and a hope. Earlier in the chapter, they were told to get married, build houses and plant fields. Yes, they were in captivity, their normal lives a faint memory, but he was asking them to hit the reset button and carry on with their lives, remembering that God remained trustworthy.

In the same way, God is asking us to hit the reset button and carry on. Our lives don’t look the same way that they did, and ‘normal’ may be a faint memory. But the words of this verse apply just as much to us today, right now. “For I know the plans I have for you”. Not only has God not changed, but he will fulfill his promises.

How about you? Have you told someone this week that you, too, are sick of this pandemic — this virus and everything that goes along with it? Do you need to be reminded today that God is trustworthy? That he still has your welfare in mind and wants to give you a future and a hope?

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that you are still trustworthy and will fulfill all of your promises. Help me today to hit the reset button and carry on, knowing that I can depend on you for my future. Amen!

Throughout This Day: Are you weary and tired? Take time today to tell God what your greatest losses and fears are. Commit them to him and thank God that he is still worthy of your trust.

Tags: Daily Devotional Jeremiah 29
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