TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
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 (NIV)
This Word from the Lord is a reminder to the children of Israel that even though they were in Babylonian captivity (and would be for seventy years), God still had a plan for them. Even though they were in a place where their hands were tied and hope of freedom was far away, God’s plan for them still remained. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that God has a plans to “prosper” and “not to harm” when we feel as if we are living in captivity.
In these moments, it can be easy to start to only think of where you are instead of where God wants you to be. He wants you to be in a place where you are trusting Him, even when you feel like your hands are tied. Even when you feel stuck and you’re not moving forward at work, at school, or any place in your personal life. Yes, there will be times where it seems like God’s plan for you is seventy years away and you can’t wait any longer, but what you have to remember is that God’s plan is so much more than just waiting around for exciting things to happen in your life, or waiting for your issues to sort themselves out. His plan for you was that you would be saved from your captivity through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). So even when you feel like your hands are tied and you’re not walking in your purpose, remember that in Christ, you are! Learn to find the joy and learn the lessons in where God has you today. Yes, He has more in store for your future, but learn to find peace and joy in your relationship with Christ today.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: Jeremiah 29:1-23
DAILY CHALLENGE: Journal your thoughts on today’s passage