Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11For 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.
Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Although most Christians have heard these verses, we might sometimes fail to truly grasp the meaning behind them.
God was talking to the Israelites as they were going through various trials. He was reminding them that He was in control. Although they were suffering (and it was their own fault), God still loved them and He still had a plan. His plan was ultimately to save the world by sending Jesus!
Just like the Israelites, we often don’t fully understand God’s plan. God allows certain circumstances into our lives for reasons beyond our understanding. Our challenge is to trust God, even when we don’t understand why. This can sometimes be really hard, but it will always be worth it. We can learn from the Israelites that God really DOES have plans to give us hope and a future.
The author is a high school student.
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