“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.” Jeremiah 29:11
The recent bombing in Boston made me wonder as it did many of those that were impacted by this great tragedy, why? What was the purpose, what good could come of such devastation? It is time like this that we have to reach into that place of deep trust and declare that God’s words still remain true, ““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.” Jeremiah 29:11. We have been formed by him, and for him, for good and not evil. Times of trial and tribulation often remind me that the children of Israel did not go from Egypt directly into the promise land. They faced the Red Sea; they faced the wilderness and tremendous loss as they wandered in the desert for forty years. But in all of their obstacles and hardships God never left them. In their wilderness experience, they learned to lean and depend on God; in turn God supplied their every need and taught them to trust him. It is this trust that allows our purpose and destiny to be fulfilled. It is with this complete trust that Gods perfect plan to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future is made manifest. It is times like this that we must trust in God with all of our hearts and lean not to our understanding. Only then we can face the challenges and face the obstacles with power and authority. We can trust that his perfect will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer: Father, you formed us out of your perfect love, you created us out of your perfect will and it is in that perfection that I ask that we fulfill your perfected purpose.