Today’s Scripture Focus – Jeremiah 29:11 – “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.”
There are many promises God makes in the Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in the New Testament. We also find that promises made to people in Biblical times apply to us today as well. In this, the last chapter in Jeremiah, God gives those in captivity a light of hope for the future.
We also can find hope in these words that God gave to Jeremiah. Many of us find ourselves in desperate straits from time-to-time, perhaps it seems most of the time. But by keeping our focus on God and not our circumstances, we too can have hope for the future. Our lives aren’t random patterns of unconnected activities. Each part of our lives is designed with God’s purposes’s in mind. If we will allow ourselves to search God’s Word and apply its principles, each part of our existence will work together for good, regardless of what our perceptions are of those situations we find ourselves in during our walk on Earth.
A good friend found himself in the throws of an addiction to cigarette smoking. He had started as a teen and continued the habit for thirty-some years. The desire for nicotine and the convenience of a “good smoke” had taken over his desire to live a healthy lifestyle.
It wasn’t until he admitted his powerlessness over the drug that he was able to make his headway in breaking the habit. After several false starts in an attempt to quit smoking, he was finally able to put them down for good. God had done for him what he couldn’t do for himself. Constant prayers and reading in God’s Word as well as counseling from someone that had had a similar addiction had led him out of the woods. He can now offer this hope to others caught in addictive behavior patterns, having been there himself.
The key to this scripture for me is the emphasis that God has great plans for each of us,,, if we are willing to follow the lead. He is the grand architect and has drawn up a blueprint that will lead us to fulfillment of our earthly goals, as well as the ultimate reward of having a heavenly home. No, it doesn’t always seem to fit the circumstances we find ourselves in, but if we stay the course, God will guide us into completion of His intended purpose for our lives.
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