Verse of the Day

"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

Today's Devotional Thought

February 03, 2011 by Wendy Foreman


He Gives Us Hope and a Future

When reading through the Bible and studying the people in it, we begin to see quite clearly how God can take a person who is of little status in society or of little wealth, and use them to do mighty things for him.

When we look at the life of Moses we see a baby who was adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter and grew up living the life of royalty. Moses never forgets his background of being a Hebrew and one day he murders an Egyptian who he sees beating one of his fellow Hebrews. He flees for his life and ends up leading a life as a shepherd in a foreign land. God never forgets Moses and when he hears his people crying out from Egypt in such oppression, he goes and tells Moses that he wants him to go and lead his people out. Moses argues with God and over and over again he tells God that surely he has made a mistake in choosing him because he doesn’t speak eloquently, but I am so thankful that God gives us second and third chances and he shows us that we can do it. Moses was a man who was highly unlikely to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of their oppression, but God had a plan and he saw something in Moses that led him to believe Moses could do it. Moses needed to believe in himself. Oh sweet friends, God had a plan and a destiny for Moses and those plans were not to harm him, but only to prosper him and as we read the story of Moses we see God’s plan unfold.

What about Esther in the Bible? She was a young teenager. She was living in a pagan empire as a Jew. Her parents were both deceased and she was being raised by her male cousin. God had a plan for her life and she was about to enter into a world that she never expected. God was going to use her in a way that would change the world.

I have learned through reading the scriptures and just in living life that God has plans that will get done no matter what and we will see it unfold. Then there are times when he has a plan and he picks someone to work along side him to fulfill it. Esther’s story is one that I believe God picked her to come into a pagan kingdom and take a position of power so that she could save the Jewish people. They (the Jewish people) were going to be destroyed because of their beliefs and because they wouldn’t bow to Haman to honor him and his position. Haman went to the King and told him that they followed different laws and that it wasn’t in his (the King’s) best interest to tolerate them (Esther 3:8-9). I believe that God already had his plan all in place. Esther was where she needed to be in order to save the people of Israel. Ladies, once again like Moses, God had a plan and a purpose for Esther, and she was beginning to live her destiny.

Our verse today tells us that God has plans for us, plans to give us hope and a future, and plans not to harm us but to prosper us. I believe sweet friends, that God has a plan for each of us. Maybe God has revealed to you what his plan and destiny is for your life. Or maybe you are reading this today and you are unsure what your destiny is. I heard Beth Moore say that God will never fulfill your destiny without you. He will reveal it to you sweet friends. Just keep praying for it. When God calls you and gives you a destiny and a purpose in life and you follow him, he gives you a life that is more abundant and it’s filled with joy like you have never known. I am not saying that it will be all easy because there are moments that are tough and we may find ourselves questioning God. Moses did when Pharaoh didn’t let the Israelites go right away. But God’s plans are always best. He will give us what we need to fulfill his purpose and his plan.

Memorize this verse today:

"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

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