“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 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.” – Jeremiah 29:10-11
They were in the land of captivity in Babylon. They were going through untold hardship, frustration and pains that are only peculiar to slaves but God has a plan of peace contained in His good word for them. His plan was fixed; His thoughts were definite, His expectation was established and settled.
No matter what the situation looks like surrounding a believer; the thoughts of God for the believer is forever good. His expectation is definite; to see the believer out of any undesirable situation and translated into His good plans. His expectation for His people is to visit them in the land of their captivity (Babylon) after seventy years.
However, the key to God’s visitation is a function of man’s strict adherence to the demands of that visitation as contained in the scriptures. The Bible says:
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” – Jeremiah 29:12-14
The first demand is that the people must call upon God; the second is to seek Him and the third is to search for Him with all their heart. In the real sense of the matter, every believer will define his or her time of visitation through response to scriptural demands. If we want Him to answer, we must call; if we want to find Him, we must seek for Him with all our heart. We call God in prayer. Especially praying kingdom advancement prayers. We seek for Him with our hearts in kingdom service; especially kingdom advancement engagements. This is what lines up our expectation with God’s expectation. When your expectation aligns with His expectation; no force in hell can stop the delivery of your expectation.
Any contrary force fighting against your expectation is doomed to fail because God is involved. When God stretches forth His hand, no one can turn it back. Isaiah 14:27.
Scriptures for reading/meditation: Jeremiah 29:1-32
Jesus is LORD!