Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Hope & A Future (Jeremiah 29:11)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

This passage is a prophecy to the Israelites who were in exile in Babylon, and it applies to us today.

God has a plan for each of us. He has plans for us that are good and not for evil. He works all for good for Christians, and he is completely good and loving. He uses trials to refine us, he uses discipline to shape us, and he walks with us in the midst of suffering.

The Lord has a future for us. He has given us gifts and talents that he wants us to develop and use. He has a future calling for us to work for him, to serve others, and to make a difference for Christ in the world.

Jesus Christ gives us hope. His death on the cross for us defeated the power of sin. He restored our relationship with the Father, and we who believe can look forward to eternity in heaven. We can have hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity.

This is a good verse to pray through.

Lord, thank you that you have a plan for me. Thank you that you are good and loving and your plans are for my good and never for my bad. Thank you that you have a future plan for me. Show it to me. Open wide doors that you want me to walk through, and close doors you do not want me to walk through. Thank you that you are a God of hope. Give me hope today. Give me hope for tomorrow. Give me hope for the future. Give me a glimpse of heaven, and help me live today with an eye towards eternity with you.

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