Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”
Because of trouble in their life, many people think that God is harsh, or out to get them. Others wonder why it is that life is hard, and conclude that either there is no God, or that He does not care. Of course, neither view is correct.
To the unsaved world, Satan is glad to get them to think wrong thoughts toward God. He knows that wrong thinking can keep people from turning toward Him – which is just what he wants. The truth is that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.” That is certainly more love than any of us can imagine or understand.
During an occasion when God had to deal hard with Israel because of their sin, God told them that He did not want to hurt them. Instead, all His thoughts were toward them for good, as the verse above states, but a lack of repentance called for stronger measures.
As believers, we also may wonder why times can be hard. Sometimes, it may seem like we do not get the breaks we think we ought to get, or answers to our prayers seem long in coming.
This verse reveals the truth of God’s attitude toward His children. He always loves you, and never ceases to do so. He does have an overriding purpose, however, and that is that He aims to conform His children to be like His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
Knowing now that He loves you with a constant love, can you thank Him for the things He permits to enter your life? He loves you, and the closer you draw toward Him, the more you will experience His peace and love. Does such love help you to trust Him more and serve Him better? The “expected end” refers to the blessings in life we expect to get from serving God. The truth is, though, that He will give us much more than we could ever ask or think – but we do have to wait for it a little while.