“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)|
I read this and immediately knew what God was saying to me regarding the coming New Year. My hope is that you will have the same sentiments.
God says, “I know”. Often, we are filled with uncertainty regarding the future, but God says, “I know”; God knows! What He knows are His plans for you and me. Our plans for the future may change, but who alters the plans of God? He is the same God who said, “For I am the Lord, I change not...” (Malachi 3:6, KJV). He will not change His plans for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God wants to prosper, not harm us. He wants to give us hope as well as a future which we look forward to. We will face many obstacles in 2014, some of us will face hardships for which we are not prepared to deal with, but no matter what we face, we can be assured that God is working a plan which will prosper, give you hope and a future.
These words give me comfort as I enjoy the last hours of 2013. They tell me not to be anxious for anything. They tell me to be steadfast in my faith, unmovable, always abounding in the Lord.
I can look back now at 2013 and see how God’s word was faithful and constant for me. His grace was sufficient for me no matter what circumstances I faced during the past twelve months. I can say without reservation that God has demonstrated His love and blessings to me.
My prayer for you and your family is that you listen to the words of Moses as he stood on the banks of the Red Sea, pursued by Pharaoh’s massive army. Moses said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13, NIV)
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