“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

Jeremiah [29:11]


When we fully accept this famous verse, we both at once and for the future change our view of God. God becomes undeniably a God of love and promise. No longer a condemning God. God’s simple assertion that when we live by following God’s will, we are given a future with hope. Surely evil will still exist, but will only gain momentary victories. Our hope and faith in God ensure a victory that will provide us with a life of hopefulness. No longer will we be troubled in times of stress, but calm as we knowingly watch the storms of life ebb. With faithful patience, we capture this life of hope.

Points of Reflection

  • What plans does God have for us individually and as a community?
  • What events in life have given you hope in God?
  • How do we approach life when the storms of life rise up?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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