You may have heard that God has plans for His people, plans for His people to prosper and have hope. But what does that really mean? And how does that fit with the times in life when we don’t see prosperity or hope like we thought we would? As we take a look at what God is saying in Jeremiah 29:11, we will see that God’s promises are better than we ever imagined.

We all misunderstand things sometimes. What happens when we misunderstand? How does that affect our thoughts and actions? What about when we misunderstand the Bible? How does that affect our thoughts and actions?

Read Jeremiah 29:11. How do you think this verse may be misunderstood? What could be the consequences of misunderstanding and misapplying this verse?

Read Jeremiah 29:10-14. How does this larger section clarify the meaning of verse 11? What could this change about the way verse 11 could be understood and applied?

Read Acts 14:19-22 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. In light of these passages of Scripture, what would you say is the role of suffering in the life of a follower of Jesus?

Read Romans 11:11-24 and 2 Corinthians 1:20. How do these Bible passages impact your understanding of hope in Christ? How do they affect your understanding of Jeremiah 29:11?