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By: Angela Parsley

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (NKJV)

Are you struggling? Is there something in your life right now that just does not seem right? Do you wonder where God is? Well, so did the children of Israel – God’s chosen people – when God spoke these words to them.

The Israelites were in a situation where they had been taken captive by the Babylonians. This was not a fun thing for them. They were taken from their homes with nothing and relocated to a home that was not their own. Not only were they relocated but they lost their homes in the “land flowing with milk and honey“ a.k.a. the Promised Land.
They were relocated because of their sin. They refused to listen to God. So God allowed what was best for them, discipline. As painful as it was, it was necessary. It is also necessary in our own lives.


God’s word states, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” (Hebrews 12:7-8, NIV). Discipline and hardship in our lives are unavoidable. Sometimes discipline and hardship come because of our sin, and sometimes they come just as an inevitable part of life. Thankfully, God can use them to mold and shape us more into the image of Christ.

The beautiful thing here that shows us the heart of God is that His thoughts toward His children, the Israelites, who messed up big time, were peaceful and thoughts of giving them hope and a good future. Now that is mercy and grace like no other.

So, if you are struggling in some way because of your own sin or wrong choices or if you are just enduring a hard time in this hard life, be encouraged. God thinks of you. He will not let you stay in this hard time forever. He has a great future for you, and in this we should all place our hope.

Prayer:

Father, thank You so much for Your mercy and grace. We are so thankful. Thank You for refusing to leave us the same. Lord, continue to mold us into Your image and forgive us when we do not do things the way You desire. Help us follow You as You guide us in the right direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

For Such a Time As This, by Lisa Ryan

My Life Unscripted: Who's Writing Your Life?, by Tricia Goyer

Think About It:

What hard things are you facing in your life right now?

What do you think God is thinking of you right now? Remember, they are never evil thoughts; those only come from our enemy.

Live It:

Journal each day about the things God is doing in your life. You will be happy to look back at the entries later down the road. This can be a great testament of what God has brought you though.

Don’t be so quick to judge people when they are going through tough times because of poor choices. God showed (and continues to show) great mercy and grace toward us. Instead of judgment, pray for those people.

Power Verses:

Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (NIV)

Psalm 92:5, “How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!” (NIV)

© 2009 by Angela Parsley. All rights reserved.

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