If you have been a Christian for a while, it’s likely that you have heard Jeremiah 29:11. There are a few Bible verses that one could consider over-quoted, and that is one of them. It might be from how it is tossed out as an, “I don’t know what to say to you about the hard thing you are going through, so I am going to give you this Bible verse and we will never speak of it again.” But even if a verse is being used as a band-aid, it doesn’t mean stop listening to it! I almost didn’t look it up when I was writing this since I thought I knew it well enough. Reading it today hit me in a way it hadn’t before since I first heard it. I’m quoting from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Reading Jeremiah 29:11 again
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
As someone who greatly values peace, but doesn’t find it without God, you can better believe that I appreciate that God does not have plans for my calamity. He has plans for my welfare. He will give me a future and a hope. I believe this. I also believe that some of these plans will not be fulfilled on this side of heaven. But since my life here on earth isn’t the end of the story, I don’t have to put all my trust for the future in having a trouble-free present.
A Prayer for God’s Purpose in Our Lives
Lord, You are so gracious to us. You care about each of us so much that You have a purpose for our lives. We pray that we will pursue the plans You have established, and not our own ways. May we glorify You in what we do! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.