Someone I was very close to claimed Jeremiah 29: 11 – as their life verse.

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.

They quoted it at their baptism. They put it on the inside cover of their Bible.

This promise was made by God to them.

Then their marriage fell apart, their finances fell apart, their life fell apart.

I remember him sitting in my office an angry man – God let me down! God’s Word failed me! So I’m bailing on Him!

God said He had plans for my life – plans for my welfare and not for my calamity – Where was my future and my hope?

Perhaps you have been there? You trusted God and had an expectation of how your life should go.

You expected God to give you a few breaks.

My friend had done something so many of us do – taken a specific promise – ripped it out of its context – and become angry when the promise seemed to fail.

What Zechariah reminds the people is this – look at the whole prophecy.

God says these blessings will flow when you return to God. Verses 12-13:

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.

This promise of blessing follows a condition.

I will bless you – when you seek Me with all your heart.

My friend had sin in his life – serious sin.

Instead of dealing with it – he waved this verse around as if God should bless him in spite of the way he lived. He should have sought God with all His heart.

Blessing follows heart repentance.