Trusting in the hard times

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (AMP)
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.
13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Reading the word here i realized that verses 11-13 were not just talking bout God having a plan for us but he has a plan even when it may seem like the worst of times . First he tells the us to work for peace and prosperity for Babylon (the enemy) and pray for the “evil” city. Next He tells us that we should marry, have children and plant fruit trees. In other words live life, go about the regular day to day things but always be looking and expecting the Lord’s appearance in your life.

The lord also says that they should not listen to “prophets” who give them messages they ‘want’to hear.
We have to be very careful at times when we really want something. We can ignore what god is saying and listen to lies because they sound good to us and fit into what we want to hear.
We are told in 1 John 4:1 that we should “…test the spirits to discover whether they proceed from god”. Don’t let yourself be deceived, trust the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Although this message is a harsh one, god promises that he has a plan for his people, good plans to give a future and hope. We have to remember, even when times are hard and we have to be patient in waiting for god’s promises that he has better things for us than we could ever come up with ourselves.


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