For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

This was the word of the Lord that Jeremiah prophesied for those Jews exiled in Babylon. They had lost hope because God had allowed them to be carried off from their homes to a strange land. Jeremiah encouraged them to call upon the Lord and not to despair of God’s goodness towards them. Sometimes we are like exiles. We feel that God has forsaken us and we fall into despair. Yet, God’s Word reminds us not to give up hope. For the Lord has an ultimate plan. It may lead through a season of darkness, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t despair. Call upon the Lord and He will hear you.