Why Jeremiah 29:11 is so Powerful

For I know the plans I have for you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

This Scripture became my life verse—my lifeline—during a difficult season. That’s why you’ll always see it included on my blogs and websites.

Since embracing that promise, I've recognized that others have done the same. I frequently see it posted on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, and websites—and included in articles, devotions, and books.


Why is this verse so powerful?

I believe one reason is because it relates to a universal need to have purpose, and to have purpose is to have hope.

To have hope is to believe that the future holds good things.

They’re all connected. Can you hear me singing “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King?

There’s a strong link between hope and purpose. Some people struggling in poverty may see no other purpose than to survive. They cant envision a bright future for themselves, so they lose hope. Without hope, there’s despair.

It may be why elderly people, lonely and with nothing to do, decide to give up.

Perceived loss of purpose could be the reason why a disabled soldier who is no longer able to perform the job he trained for loses hope.

Even those of us who live what might be considered normal and relatively comfortable lives can begin to question the daily grind. Isn’t there something more worthwhile for me to do?

Jeremiah 29:11 gives me comfort. It reminds me that no matter how crazy things get, God is still in control, and he does have a plan—a purpose—for my life.

I believe he has the same for you!

What does Jeremiah 29:11 mean to you? Have you ever come to a point of losing hope? How did it affect your life?



  1. Very nice, Dawn. It's so important to have a verse to cling to and feel
    God's comfort...thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diane! Yes ... this verse has been helpful so many times in my life. It's gotten me through some tough experiences.

  2. This is a good word Dawn. Thanks for sharing. Hope is essential. I think of Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him (key piece here) so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

    1. Mary, I appreciate you sharing that verse - and pointing out that trust plays an important part in having hope. You may have just given me another element to blog about! :-D


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