You've got to read it all!
Do you have a favorite verse? It's the kind of verse that you say to yourself often. The verse you give friends when they need that something special to make it through the day - or a particular situation.
But today I was reminded to not forget the verses that lead up to that favorite verse - as well as the verses that come after it.
Here's one of mine - with the before and after - which spoke to me today:
Jeremiah 29:10-14 (ESV)
For thus says the Lord:
When seventy years are completed for Babylon,
I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you
My promise and bring you back to this place.
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,
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me,
and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me,
when you seek Me with all your heart.
I will be found by you, declares the Lord,
and I will restore your fortunes
and gather you from all the nations
and all the places where I have driven you,
declares the Lord, and I will bring you back
to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Did you see all the things He will do for us when we call on Him? Even through He once exiled us? What a picture of REDEMPTION!!!