• Tia Brown

Regret, Loss, and How to Live Again: Jeremiah 29:11

Updated: Mar 16

After being falsely led to believe they’d soon get to live in Israel once again, Jeremiah had to deliver some devastating news.

But seek the welfare [shalom] of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare [shalom] you will find your welfare [shalom]. Jeremiah 29:7 ESV

Seek the shalom of your enemies, your captors, your slave masters. Desire the wholeness of these wicked pagans. Pray for the prosperity of the very people who took away everything you’ve ever known and loved.


“God wants you to move on,” he said. “Accept that you live here now. The next generation will return to Israel, but… you never will.”


Reality hit like a ton of bricks. Had God just abandoned them? The overwhelming grief, anger, and shame were too much to bear.


None of this was supposed to happen! They’d screwed up. Big time. And on top of being told they would never return, how could God just say, “Move on“?


“Because I know…” Jeremiah paused till the room fell silent. “I know the fresh new ideas I am planning for you. Plans for shalom, and not evil. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”


“Live! Thrive! Do not diminish. Call on Me! I will answer you if you seek Me with all your heart… for I will forgive your sins and remember them no more.”


Thank you, Yeshua, for forgiving my sins! Thank you for paying my debt so I can still have access to a relationship with you! There are things that I still need healing from. Help me to seek you with all my heart and to forgive those who hurt me.

Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 29-31

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