This is what the Lord says "You will be in Babylon for seventy years,  but then I come and do for you all the good things I have promised and I will bring you home again. "For I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord "They are plans for good not for disaster, to give you hope and a future." In those days you will pray and I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me. "I will be found by you" says the Lord.  "I will end your captivity and restore your fortune and gather you out of the nations where I sent you and I will bring you home again to your own land." Jeremiah 29:10-14 NIV

Observation
In life there will be so many difficult days and things that will happen, some more difficult than others. You will question your faith, you will doubt. You will question God and what He is doing. You will ask yourself "What does God want from me?" or "God, what do you want from me?"  It will feel like your life is in a chaotic whirlwind and that your life is falling apart. You will feel stuck. All those questions and feelings are normal. Don't worry you wont be there long, remember who holds your tomorrows. God can and will bring you out of that place. Remember His promise. Be faithful and true even in hardships because even in the hardest of times we need to accept His discipline when we are disobedient and hold onto faith. Whatever God is doing in your life, He knows what He is doing. He makes it very clear that His intention is not for harm but for spiritual growth and to give us a future. His ultimate desire is to bless His people. Trust His plans and His timing, because He is trying to bring you back to your senses and back to where He wants you or needs you to be.

Application
Seek God with a sincere, serious heart, not half-heartedly. Seek a relationship with Him. He is the God when you are on the mountain and your God when you are in the valley. He is not intimidated by messy situations or messy people. So no matter where you find yourself now or down the road, God knows your deepest struggles. So keep your heart and your mind focused on the Kingdom (2 Tim. 2:22). Flee from the evil of your youth and pursue righteousness, faith, peace, and love, along with those who call on the Lord out of pure hearts. (Continue reading to verse 26 in your Bible)

Prayer
Thank You, God, that You bring us out from wherever we were into a new place, with new promises, as new people. Thank You, God, for strength in struggles, peace in chaos, promises of love in a broken world and because You have overcome the world, we too are overcomers. Please help us to consistently seek You, for when we do there is nothing You will not do for those who are faithful.

Stephanie Creed, Connect Students Leader
White Oak Campus

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