It’s a New Year. Many look into the future and fear. They fear of catastrophe, heartache, trouble, and distress. They are afraid of crisis in their finances, their families, and whatever else makes them feel insecure. The problem is that they don’t know the future, and they imagine all the bad things that can happen in it. Their fear springs from a lack of knowledge. When they look ahead, they look with ignorance.
“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)
God sees our entire future and tells us to relax. No, it may not be easy and pain-free. It may not stroke us in all the right places we like to be stroked by fulfilling all our dreams and wishes. But it will be good. It will fulfill all of God’s plans for us, and His plans are never, ever bad. He offers us hope and a future.
Those who say that God never promised us prosperity have missed this verse. What they mean is that God has never promised us prosperity as we often define it. But He has promised us prosperity as He defines it. Whether we’ve been held in captivity, as Jeremiah’s audience had, or just gone through the school of hard knocks, we are under the watchful eye of God. He is directing and planning, restoring and forgiving, laying out a destiny that is full of His peace and purpose. The future is bright with the glory of God’s grace.
Why would anyone read a horoscope when they could take this promise to heart? No, it doesn’t give specifics, but when The Promiser is God Himself, who needs specifics? We know the details will be good because The One who is ordaining them is very, very good. Instead of clairvoyance, we need clear thinking. We need faith and rest in the character of God.
Yes, we have been given a destiny by the hand of God, The Giver of all good things. It is a plan for real prosperity and true lasting peace. It includes all His fullness and extravagant mercy. Cling To It. The only condition for it is turning and looking to Him.
Have a hope-filled weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who have learned, prosperity is found in the Person who always keeps His promise – Jesus Christ.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)