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
I love the reminder in Jeremiah 29:11 - I turn to it often when I feel myself dropping into that pit of despair. In the darkness of our pits, we can forget He is sovereign. We can no longer see things that may have once been obvious to us, and we have a tendency to just want to be rescued. We desperately want Him to rescue us from our trial, much the way the Israelites did. We can become incredibly self-absorbed as we get wrapped up in self-pity when that’s not happening. We can't see our way out, so we turn our sights in, and that nearsightedness can lead to hopelessness.
But we have his Word, and His incredible promises, and we need to turn to them when we feel most lost. He knows our future and He promises it will be filled with hope. We just need to trust in His plan, and not our own. God has us exactly where He wants us right now - He has allowed our difficult circumstances for a very specific purpose. As challenging as it is, we need to lean into our trials and allow Him to do the refining work in our hearts that is part of His plan. That's where we will find the hope.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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