Day 18: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate 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 don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. He’s the same God who holds you in His hands. Jeremiah wanted Israel to know that God had a plan for them. Despite the circumstances of their captivity in a foreign land, Jeremiah said that God was not through with them. He had a future for them, and it was a hope-filled future. The problem was that many of them were trying to control their own future. Others were so worried about their future that they couldn’t live in the present. So, Jeremiah gave them this amazing word from God.
“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.” (Jer. 29:11 NIV)
God wanted them to know that He cared about their future, and that He controlled the big picture. God cares about your future as well! Despite the difficult circumstances you may be facing, even when it seems that all hope is gone, God has a hope and a future for you. God is for you. He’s not out to get you.
When I get discouraged and anxious about the future, I like to look at the back of my Bible and remind myself that, in the end, we win! When you know that, you can stop struggling to control your future and surrender to Christ’s care and control. How do you do that? Jeremiah gives us wise counsel for how to do that in the following verses,
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. (Vs. 12, 13)
Are you seeking to know the future more than you are seeking to know God? When you stop struggling to control the future and surrender to Christ’s care and control, you will come to know the God who holds your future in His hands. Take Jeremiah’s counsel and call on God in prayer. Seek Him with all your heart and release your life to His care and control. Thank Him for the plans that He has for you that offer you a hope and a future.
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- What are you still holding on to that you can release to God’s care and control? How does that free you up to embrace your present circumstances with faith? Sometimes, it can be more difficult to accept that God still has a hope and future for us if we’ve made bad choices and are suffering the consequences. Choose to admit your mistakes and ask God for forgiveness, claiming 1 John 1:9 that He will forgive you and cleanse you from everything you’ve done wrong.