A Future Worth Hoping For
For I know the plans that I have towards you, says the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11
Amidst Judah’s darkest day, when all hope seemed lost, God brought them a message of good news. God essentially told them: “Even though you stuffed up, lost out, and ended up in a real bad situation where all hope seems lost, I still have good plans in my heart towards you. I’m not trying to harm you, but help you, and if you do it My way you will have a future worth hoping for.” The wonderful reality is that God is both the God of love and the God of hope. That He loves us means that He has our best interest at heart, and He unselfishly chooses what is best for us according to His infinite perspective. That He is the God of hope means that as long as God is on the scene we can rest assured with a positive expectation of good things to come to us in our future. When all hope seems lost, God is still there. And as long as God is there, there is still hope, for God can turn any situation around! We need to let this truth sink down into our heart to silence the voices of regret and despondency that assail our minds. The truth is that God’s heart and His plans for me are good; He has good things in store for my life. What our minds wrap around will sink into our heart and permeate our emotions and our subconscious state and become more real to us than the challenges we currently face. This is why it is so important to let our minds be saturated with God’s word. A heart devoid of hope is a miserable place to be, but a heart full of hope is warm, attractive, and life giving. Let’s have a check-up from the neck-up for stinking thinking, and let God’s word be the loudest voice in our minds concerning our future!
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You have planned, and are ready to bring to pass Your good plans for my life; that I don’t need to allow thoughts of hopelessness to permeate my life. I surrender my future into your capable hands, and ask You to bring it to pass for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: 1 John 4:8; Rom 15:13; Rom 15:4; Ps 119:105