Do you only hear what you want to hear? – Truth

18 Oct

In Jeremiah 29, there is a commonly quoted scripture. It is beautiful, and the scripture itself is true. However, I believe we often see it out of context, in support of a message that makes us feel good without encouraging examination of our hearts.  It’s Jeremiah 29:11:

“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.”

Bet you’ve heard this wonderful verse, right? Well who is God speaking to? Is he speaking to everybody, no matter what they’ve done or how they’ve lived? Does it mean nothing ‘bad’ ever comes from God?

Read the entire chapter of Jeremiah 29. You’ll find this is a message from God to Jews already held in captivity in Babylon. You’ll see that God himself had them carried away to be captives and that they’ll remain captive for 70 years! He also warns them not to listen to false prophets who are just telling them things they want to hear. 

Yes, in verse 11 God tells the people he has great plans for them; he is encouraging them during a time of consequences. His people, Isreal, are currently in a season of discipline that directly relates to how they’ve handled their relationship with God, and ignored messages to repent and turn back to God. Yet, God will restore them after this season of discipline (captivity).

Christ said over and over in Matthew, “He who has ears, let him hear.”

Yes, Lord, give us a radar guided by your Holy Spirit and tested by your word. May we hear what you want us to hear and act upon it, willingly. May we want truth from you more than we want blind, ignorant bliss for our temporary lives.

Bible Reading Update:

Old Testament:  Completed through Jeremiah 33

New Testament: Completed through 1 Timothy 3


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