Jeremiah 29:10-11 says; “This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will 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 and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Many know verse 11 that talks about God knowing the plans for us that are good with a future filled with hope. The context, however, is the prophecy that His people will spend 70 years in captivity. He promised to bring them home, but most of those in captivity hearing the message would die in Babylon. God’s plans sometimes involve trials to sharpen our faith in Him. The Jews spent 70 years in captivity, David spent almost 20 years running from Saul, Moses was in the wilderness for 40 years, and even Paul spent 17 years in Arabia and local ministry before being commissioned to the Gentiles. God knows His plans for our lives. We must connect with Him through prayer and the study of His Word to have the faith to follow that path. Following God’s plans in obedient faith brings true peace and joy in our lives even if they include our own captivity experience.