Do you have verses that are yours? One of my life verses is Jeremiah 29:11. I first connected with this verse when I was asked to choose a verse for my grandson at his baby dedication. God led me to Jeremiah 29:11 and I began to cling to the promises it holds. The connection for today and every day is the hope contained with God’s Words. “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.” This verse tells me God knows me and my future and He has good planned for me. Those things He has planned are designed to give me hope and a positive future. I am convinced that God loves me and wants the very best for me. I am convinced that God is good, desiring the best for me- for my good and His glory. How can I not have hope?
Does this mean that everything will always be good, happy and fulfilling? No. It means that whatever happens in my life, God can use it for my good. Romans 8:28 confirms this, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Since I know and love Jesus, I am assured that He can and does use all things in my life for good. In the hard times, it is difficult to be assured of this, but looking back or looking at others suffering we can often get a glimpse of this truth. This calls for our faith and trust in Him.
I cling to the truths of Jeremiah 29:11 when hard times come, when I see amazing things happen, when I look and plan for the future and seek to know what He would have me do. I ask for His help and guidance as His will is perfect His direction is true. Let Psalm 25:4-5 be your prayer as it is mine. “Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
As you gather around your Thanksgiving table today, let praise and thanks lead your discussion. David expressed it this way in Psalm 107:21-22 : Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
What praises do you have for the Lord today? Can you tell of things He has done for you this year? As you tell your family, offer your words in thanksgiving to God for His gracious provision, help, love, care and guidance. All we have we owe to Him as He is the provider of all things. If things look dark today, place your hope and trust in Him remembering His promise in 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.” God is good and has good things planned for you just as He promised.
Have a day filled with thanksgiving and praise!
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have access to God’s wisdom. In James 1:5 we learn that though Christ we have the ability to ask God for wisdom. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” James makes it known that God gives wisdom to help us in our daily decisions and won’t put us down in any way for asking. James also assures us that God generously wants to give us wisdom for living. We can trust that all God’s advice is good. Nahum 1:7 assures us of God’s goodness and Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that all God’s plans and purposes for us are good. Therefore, we can be assured that good advice always comes from Him. Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him.” 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.” God is good; it is an integral part of His character. We can trust Him and know that He will not give us bad advice or lead us in the wrong way. I don’t know about you, but it comforts me to know that God is willing to share His wisdom with me and guide me.
How do I get godly wisdom? Proverbs 1:7 tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Having the right heart attitude that shows reverence for God and His great wisdom is the place to start. Then look into God’s Word, spend time in prayer fellowshiping with Him allowing God the opportunity to lead you in His way. If we are diligent and patient, God will reveal His perfect will to us. God tells us “We do not have because we do not ask. We do not receive because we ask with wrong motives.” James 4:2b-3 Prayer that is honest, sincere and heartfelt is required. One other thought, the Lord promises to give us wisdom generously. We won’t get just a little bit of wisdom but enough to do what God has for us to do!
Suggestion: Think of a problem that is coming up this week, a relationship that needs work, or a task that needs to be accomplished. Pray and seek God’s wisdom in how to specifically proceed. Then wait and be amazed at the results.