“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I live with the knowledge that my Jesus has conquered death, conquered sin, conquered fear. My God is compassionate and gracious – and so far greater than any political, religious or spiritual power that the Bible tells us He laughs at those who set themselves up against Him. And the best news is He is not simply my God, created in my image according to my understanding and expectations – no! He created me in His image, He has made me His child. Every battle I think I face is His battle. Everything belongs to Him. He chooses to reveal His thoughts and plans and His very nature to us.
What an amazing God we serve. I will fix my eyes on Him and keep praying.
Your Kingdom come, Lord and Your Will be done! Lord, we need some Heaven here on earth!
That was the end of my last post in July 2017. Reading it again as I metaphorically take up my pen in this new year, I was struck again by the hope that we have as Christians. How amazing it is that in the face of a world seemingly gone mad – that has always been mad – we know that the Lord knows everything that is happening… and He has a plan!
In the book of Jeremiah there is a promise. In the midst of war and disaster that could not be turned aside, this is that glorious promise:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD. (Jeremiah 29v11-14 NLT)
This promise was given to those who were in exile. It was not a promise for their immediate rescue – the judgement on the nation still had to run its course. The people had not turned back to God as they faced the destruction of their land. There had been many false prophets telling them that there would be peace, that God would rescue them from their enemies, but their lies ignored the need for repentance and so they blocked God’s mercy. And yet, even as the Lord pronounced His judgement through Jeremiah, He declares His desire to bless, His plans for good.
Throughout His judgement He was looking for His people to turn back to Him, to seek Him, to change their ways – He was looking for the opportunity to show mercy. When I see the obvious evil all around locally, nationally and globally through individuals and institutions – I feel a cry rise up for justice! As I look at the world, at the political strife, the natural (or unnatural!) disasters, the pain, the suffering of so many – I feel a cry rise up for mercy!
How wonderful to know that we have a just God.
How amazing to know that we have a merciful God.
How incredible that through faith in Jesus we can be rescued from judgement, reconciled with our Creator, restored to our inheritance.
As we pray for this world, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. Look up at Him as He sits on the throne of grace, the Lion of Judah, who looks like a lamb that was slain.