Thus saith the LORD…
WHAT I’M WEARING:
A scripture that is often quoted, often memorized, and often taken out of context. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” For many years I would reiterate this bible verse in my prayers; to my friends; in my mind and it would sometimes confuse me. If God has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, why is it that I am not prospering, and why do I suffer so much harm?
This verse in Jeremiah, speaks to God’s people in captivity in Babylon. It is the prophet, Jeremiah, by way of letter encouraging the Israelites of God’s love and plan for them. Despite all they were going through, Jeremiah was encouraging them that although they would be in captivity for 70 years, God still had a plan for them. God’s thoughts and His will are aligned with His plans and His actions. And so even though 70 years of bondage might seem like God had forsaken them, it was actually apart of God’s plan.
And this scripture, if applied in the right context, works for us today. We can rest assure that no matter where we are in life, no matter what we are going through; no matter the bondage we’re in, God still knows the plans He has for us. Everything we are going through and will go through will work out for our good. It may not look like there is hope, but indeed there is an expected end that God shall bring us to.
Now, we don’t always know the plans we have for ourselves. We hardly even know the thoughts we think. But God isn’t like us . Everything He does and doesn’t do is intentional and with purpose. Everything He allows us to go through is intentional. All of His works agree with the thoughts He has for us. He is never uncertain about His plan for us. So do not worry today; God is not against you, and He doesn’t plan to destroy you. He doesn’t plan to fail you. He wants to prosper you!
Will you allow Him, though?
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