The words of God through the prophet Jeremiah, telling Israel of His plans to prosper her, were given during a dark period in which Judah was being held captive in Babylon. This predicted captivity was God’s way of getting Israel to repent and return to the one true God. Those hopeful words are words that God has for us too. Unfortunately, we get in the way of them being realized when we pursue our own plans. It is wonderful to know that God’s love for us is patient!