Day 22, Tired of not knowing the plans?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12
I love how the book of revelation begins, "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near." Revelation 1:1-3
God knew what was coming at us, and he begins His book, the gospel of Jesus Christ (the book of revelation), by reminding us that the things that are happening, do so, because liberation is coming our way! Many times we look at the world and we wish that the old days were here, when things were simpler, when we knew what tomorrow would bring!
Jesus, tells us not to worry, he says these things will happen so that you can actually begin to experience freedom. Through the thought times that lay ahead you will begin to experience liberation. Jesus, warns you and I of what is to come, not just what is to come but how to get through!
The focus of the book of revelation are not the beasts or the actual trials coming, but how God guides His people through the toughest times earth has ever experience. He not only guides His people through, but comes out victorious! In chapter 1 we find the key, we read, we hear (understand) and we do (keep) what is written! Our main verse today, from Jeremiah, was written when the people were strangers, slaves, immigrants, not wanted in other parts of the earth. Through the Prophet Jeremiah, God reminds His people, the plans that I have for you are better than the plans you have for yourself! It's incredible, that many people wanted to give up, give in and give out, they were on the edge of losing their identity as people of Christ. God reminds them, through the trials and tribulations I will liberate you and bring you out as better people!
As we begin this week, Do not despair, do not forget! For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
He has a plan, He has taught you the principles to help you get through life and He is always a prayer away!
Today we want to pray that we may be faithful to God. In every single aspect of our lives. That like revelation, we may read, understand and do (live out) the principles of the kingdom of God