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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
In this text The Lord God, is using the prophet Jeremiah to tell those that have been exiled to not be afraid of God's promise to restore them to the land, but to understand what seems wrong, or different it is actually for good.

I am guilty of this for sure. Sometimes when you are in a place where you don't really belong, but you've been there for so long you get so comfortable. You put up curtains and blinds, instead of those Walmart shades. You make it cozy ... moving furniture around for a better look.  We know we don't belong, but we're going to do our best to make it work.  This is what we FEEL we need to do because as human beings we cannot stand change.  Here is another look at it. We put billions of dollars in educational systems, because we feel we know what we want to do in life. We decide what career we want to have and make critical life decisions based off of these dreams that we feel defines us. We switch careers and move across the globe, because we think we know what it is we need to be doing. 

We ASSUME all of this! The reality is God wants to restore you to where you need to be. We need to understand ONLY God operates under certainty.  Only God knows where we need to be. Like those in exile, not all adhered to the word of God.  When we let our own wisdom directs us, we tend to be lead to believe we know more, or better than God.  What really needs to happen is we need to submit to God's provision. We need to submit to his promise to restore fortunes, or put us in our proper place.