In Jeremiah 29:11, God promises that He “knows the thoughts or plans” He has for us. But the context is a promise in the middle of a punishment. The Israelites had been rebellious and fallen away from God, so God was rebuking them for their disobedience. However, He also wanted to reassure them that He still had goodwill towards them and that He would not forsake them. So in the middle of His rebuke, He promises that He will always have a good plan for them. That tells us that God is after restoration, not retribution!