My husband plans most of our adventures. From day trips antiquing to longer excursions farther away, he enjoys researching and scouting out fun things to do.
When I see that look in his eye, I’ll ask, “What’s the plan, Stan?”
As we round the bend on 2019 and enter a new decade, I began wondering about God’s plans for His people individually, collectively and the world at large. A familiar verse came to mind: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).
Well, of course the Lord know what He thinks about us. He clues us in … by telling us His plans for us are not bad, but plans for our future that will give us hope.
What a powerful verse.
What if we looked at that scripture in light of Jeremiah 29: 1-14 to gain context? We’d notice the origin is a letter written by the prophet Jeremiah to fellow Jewish elders who had been carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.
The Lord advises His people in verses 5-6 to build houses, plant gardens, marry and have children to increase their presence there. Interesting.
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive and pray to Me for your city (never saw that before) … for in it’s peace you will have peace. Wow. This resonates with me since we relocated to a new city and state this year. I’ve been praying for my new county, but this sheds new light.
The prophet proceeds to warn them of false prophets and then in verse ten the Lord promises to visit them after seventy years and perform His word toward them. It is here in this context that God through His prophet utters verse eleven … advising them He plans their future as good.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).
What if we starting asking God directly, “What are Your thoughts toward me, Abba?”
What are Your thoughts about my future?
Are there new assignments awaiting me this decade?
Have I finished all my previous assignments from Him?
Abba promises that if we call upon Him and go pray to Him … He will listen (verse 12).
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity … I will gather you from all the places I have driven you …
Anyone captive out there? God wants to set you free by the power of His Word!
My adventuresome husband delights in telling me his travel plans. God really wants to share His heart with each of us (I’m talking to myself here). I want to know what is on Gods mind.
How about you?
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