Windows 10 has this nice little feature called Sticky Notes. It’s like Post-It notes for your monitor. It keeps my brain from getting more cluttered than it already is.
Other than notes about things I need to do at work, I have two Bible verses: one is Philippians 4:13 and the other is Jeremiah 29:11. I have seen both pop up in random places over the last year or so. Both have powerful messages of strength and hope but I’m going to focus on Jeremiah 29:11 Here is the verse:
“For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
At this point in history, the Israelites had been carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Hananiah the prophet (a false prophet, at that) has broken the yoke from Jeremiah. The people then believed the words of Hananiah. Because of this, the Lord spoke and told Hananiah that he would die within six month and the people would be led into captivity in Babylon because the believe the words of a prophet the Lord did not send.
Jeremiah had written a letter to the remaining elders concerning their captivity. God has instructed Jeremiah in what to write in the letter. The letter states that the Lord has caused this captivity but to not be afraid. In seventy years He will come and free them from their captivity and return them to Jerusalem.
Even though the Israelites were being held captive in Jerusalem, God had a plan for them and the plan for them was good and not evil. I believe the same can be said for us today.
God has a plan for each of us. Our biggest challenge is stopping long enough in this ever-moving world to listen to what He has to tell us about where He wants us to be. Trust me, I know how hard it can be (been there, done that).
Even in the toughest times, we can be assured that God will be there to pull us through. He knows the plans He has for us. Suffering may be part of those plans (as the Israelites saw under Nebuchadnezzar) but this suffering will allow us to see that we need God to help us get through each and every day. With that relationship established, we will see that He truly does have thoughts of peace and not of evil.
If you are reading this and are going through life trying to figure out where you need to be or what you are doing, I invite you to consider reaching out to our Lord and Savior. Repent of your pass transgressions and ask for forgiveness. Pick up a Bible and start to read it. It may be a bit daunting at first but don’t be discouraged. A whole world will open up to you and you will find yourself charting a more complete and rewarding course.