Updated: Jan 3
The Lord has plans to prosper you, and He wants to tell you what it is!
(Jeremiah 29:11-13) "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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Quick Note: When interpreting scripture, we must keep in mind the distinction between a passage’s interpretation and the same passage’s application. A passage of scripture can only have one meaning, but it may have many applications and ways to apply it to us in today's times. The Apostle Paul wrote to us in (Romans 15:4 NASB) "4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."
The scripture in Jeremiah 29:11-13 is no different. The verse has only one meaning but can be applied to our lives in many ways. In context, the scripture speaks of the Jews that were exiled to Babylon in the 6th Century B.C. for their disobedience. It speaks of how the Lord promised to bring them back after a certain time period. How He (God) was going to prosper them, bless them, and give them a new hope, a new future (new beginning).
For us today, this scripture can be applied simply because of God's unchanging nature towards those He loves. God's Word tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.
God has made promises that are not applicable to every person except those who believe in Jesus and follow Him (the people of God). For those who love Christ, God has promised that our sins are forgiven, and we stand before God justified and cleansed of our sins because of the work of Jesus on the cross. Christians should be ecstatic that we have this new beginning with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
With that being said, God has made plans for those of us in Christ, and those plans are for our benefit, welfare, and our future. God has given us a new hope (which is in Him), a purpose (from Him), and a calling (specific work to do) for every believer. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God with all of their hearts to know what God's plan is for their lives. Also, we must remember that even on our worst days and toughest seasons, God has made a plan on our behalf. This should give us hope and peace as we live through these days. The Word calls Him the Good Father for a reason!
Pray, and Seek God with all of your heart so that you can know what God has planned for you during this lifetime on earth.
Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to understand His Word and give you the wisdom and understanding needed to act upon it.
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Take Care Family,
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