Jeremiah 29:11 - Gods Plans For Us Are Good; Giving Us Hope And A Future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 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.
We're all encouraged by a leader who stirs
us to move ahead, someone who believes we can
do the task he has given and who will be with
us all the way. God is that kind of leader.
He knows the future, and his plans for us are
good and full of hope. As long as the God who
knows the future provides our agenda and goes with
us as we fulfill his mission, we can have
boundless hope. This does not mean we will be spared
pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will
see us through to a glorious conclusion. [Life
I recently joined an online women's group
whose purpose is to help women discover a two-word
mission statement. I logged in to a website and
answered a series of questions. From my answers, I
received "Inspire Hope" as my mission statement. I
was skeptical, but after further exploration in
our sessions, I was surprised at how suitable
the word was for me.
Hope has been a consistent theme through
my life. When I was in college, my password to
draw funds out of my account was "hope" because I
hoped I wasn't overdrawn. The painful memory of my
older alcoholic brother, who committed suicide,
instilled in me the crucial need of hope for life. I
believe his lack of hope for his future led to his
lack of desire to continue living.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite verse
because God promises to give us hope and a future.
I've consistently tried to share Jesus's message
of eternal hope and hope for our here and now,
especially after the tragic loss of my brother. Thanks
to my online group, I'm clearer on my mission
to inspire hope. Not a hope that runs out, like
the money in my checking account often did, but
the eternal hope Jesus graciously offers us.
That's something I can bank on! Jeannie Blackmer
Faith Step: Write the passage from
Jeremiah 29.11 on a notecard and give it to someone
who you think might need hope today. [Mornings
With Jesus 2023 Devotional by Guideposts and
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