My Musings – The context of this verse is the Babylonian captivity that would last seventy years. A captivity brought on by a rebellious and sinful nation. God has always had plans for His people. Good plans. But somehow, sin always seemed to get in the way.
God never intended for mankind to ever have to leave the garden, but sin got in the way. God never intended to have to wipe out mankind (except Noah and his family) by a flood, but sin got in the way. God never intended to have to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, but sin got in the way. God never intended to need to send His chosen people into exile, but sin got in the way. God never intended for His creation to result in the crucifixion of His Son, but sin got in the way. Yet despite all this, and more, God continues to have plans for us.
The word “prosper” in today’s text is the translation of the Hebrew word šālōm, a term denoting well-being, wholeness, harmony, and peace. (Martens, E. A., 1995. Jeremiah. In Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, Vol. 3, p. 540. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.) It has nothing to do with riches, wealth or treasures. God’s concern goes much deeper (into the soul of mankind – the hope) and much further (into all eternity – the future). It always has.
Before the fall, even before the creation, God knew His plans to prosper those He made in His image would require the ultimate sacrifice on His part. It was not His intention, but it was His plan. His plan not to harm us, resulted in the severest harm to His Son. In the process, He “bankrupted” Heaven in order to prosper us.
My Advice – Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. You’ll not have to seek any further.