May 30

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Scripture Insights

One of the paradoxes of living in a fallen world is that bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.

Today’s verse is part of a letter that Jeremiah wrote to over three thousand Jews who found themselves in exile because of their willful disobedience. Whether our negative circumstances come to us because of our own rebellion or as a result of living in a fallen world, this verse offers great hope.

Regardless of why we find ourselves in “exile” from God, Jeremiah delivers good news. God says, “If you call, I will listen.” Verse 13 adds, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

The phrase “with all your heart” is the key. God doesn’t just hear us; he listens when he hears the cry of a person who holds nothing back. Second Chronicles 16:9 reminds us that God is searching to support those whose hearts are completely his. He will hear you, he will listen to you, and he will deliver you.

Today’s Prayer

Father, hear our cry! Help us in our world of exile to be witnesses who point others to you—a God who hears, listens, and delivers.

Prayer Journal Reflections

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?

—Ron DeWitt, District Superintendent, East Tennessee

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