by: Donald Curtis
Many times we read verses in the Bible and to be honest I'm not sure we fully grasp the amazing message that God is trying to tell us. Some of those verses is in Jeremiah 29:11-12 which says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you." In these verses what really catches my attention is that God is telling us that He knows the thoughts He has for us. This word "thoughts" in this verse may be better translated as the plans that he has for us. It truly amazes me that God is able to do everything, keep the stars in the sky, makes the sun rise and set, allows the birds to fly, kisses the flowers with dew in the morning and allows them to bloom and yet with everything else that is going on He loves humanity so much that God takes the time to lay out plans for our lives. These verses are telling us God has plans! He has specific plans for each and every individual. He has plans of peace, plans to prosper us, plans to give us hope and a future.
These divinely wonderful verses should reassure us that in this chaotic and strange world that we live in we have a Heavenly Father that is continuously watching out for us, cares for us and is laying out great plans for our success! We need to learn to trust the Lord and trust His will for our lives.
I have learned that for every positive there is a negative. If God has plans for us to prosper and not to be poor, plans for us to be healthy and not to be sick, plans for us to have peace and not to have war why is all of this evil going on in the world? Just as much as God wants the best for us, there is a real Devil that does everything He can to try to rip every blessing away from us.
These verses gives us hope, blessing, and the possibility of a wonderful future. All we have to do is ask God to forgive us and then live in the center of God's Holy will. Friend if you are going through valleys of trials, pits of destruction or situations that overwhelm you, there is hope today because God has a wonderful plan for your life!