Jeremiah 29:11 – “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.”
Let’s start today with a simple premise, but one that is foundational to what I’d like to share with you. God cannot (and will not) lie. His nature is pure and for that reason, he’ll never lie to us about any aspect of our lives.
It’s a tough one to swallow because most of us interact with other humans who seem to be hardwired much differently. Friends and family members lie to us all the time. Our government lies to us constantly. TV news is now often regarded to be “fake”. People in business dealings don’t tell us what to really expect, then lie and blame others when cornered with the facts.
You’ve experienced all of this in your life, right?
It’s a challenging situation because for as long as we’ve been believers, we’ve been told that “man is made in God’s image.” If this is so, why then do people lie so often when God never does?
Well, there is this little matter of the “fall” of mankind from God’s grace. Our first ancestors, with one bite of an apple, created this mess but also opened the door to God’s grace.
But if you read the Bible as our love letter from God, you can see that even in his anger, God still loves us. His Prophet, Jeremiah is telling the Israelites that what they were experiencing presently was temporary. God had a plan and in time they’d see it happening.
And the promise is a good one too. It’s one I grab on to whenever things get rocky in my world. I just remember that he’s got a plan and it’s to prosper me – not to harm me. It’s to give me hope for a better tomorrow.
So if your today is a bit overwhelming. If you have more stress than you’d like or the news is unsettling, remember these things. God has a plan for your life. It’s a good plan. And most, importantly, he’d never lie to you about it. Praise him in the storm and when the clouds break you’ll see it too.