God Will Complete His Plan for You (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Jeremiah 29:11-13, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
God spoke to His captive people in Babylon through Jeremiah. His announcement was that they would seek and find Him when they did so with all their hearts. That principle remains to this day. God hears the fervent prayer of His people. Those who seek God with all of their hearts will find him—to this day. The Lord promised the people that His plans for them were not to harm them, but rather to bring them peace and prosperity. Note that God’s plan offered them a very bright hope and future. If the people placed their trust in the Lord, He would deliver them from their captivity in Babylon and return them to the promised land. God could have promised them no greater hope and future.
When Mike Foscolos returned to his destroyed California home after recent fires, he discovered a reminder of God's love for him despite the tragic circumstances. Foscolos was evacuated Saturday, October 25th when fires burned dangerously close to his home. He returned that evening to find a pile of smoldering black ash where his home once had been. As he surveyed the scene with his flashlight, Foscoloso saw a piece of paper fluttering through the air like a butterfly. He stepped on the paper with his foot to hold it down, and realized it was a singed page from his own Bible. Foscolos said, "It was the first Bible I received as a new Christian and I had saved it in the garage." The surviving page contained a message of hope from Jeremiah 29:11-13. The passage read, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Mr. Foscolos plans to have the page framed to keep in his rebuilt home as a testimony. God promised in this passage, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." God desires that we give Him whole-hearted effort with all our heart (Deuteronomy 4:29; II Chronicles 15:15; II Chronicles 31:21; Psalm 119:10).
PRAYER: Father in Heaven I know the thoughts and plans You have for me are for Your glory and for my good. Whatever I may face today, I can expect that You are working for good in all of it. So, I’m going to step forward in faith, trusting You in all things & seeking to cooperate fully with Your plans for me. I know I can’t possibly imagine all the good You have planned for my life, but I also know it’s all coming in Jesus’ name, so I can say, Amen!
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