Week beginning: 17th April, 2016
By | London
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Confidence in uncertainty
Does it ever feel that nothing is ever going to go right at work? Times where there is not enough work, a threat of redundancy, or just a lack of motivation to do the job, can be destabilising.
In these inspiring words, Jeremiah speaks to those in exile from Judah, giving God's hope to them in their captivity. The hope and future they were promised was to bring them back to Judah.
These timeless words are also very relevant to us today. However uncertain the future may seem, we can be confident that God knows of the issues we face and has a plan for that future, whether it may involve staying where we are at present or something completely different.
The key to understanding God's plans for us, when they may not be apparent or when things are difficult or demanding, is that they are in His hands and not ours. It is when we stop looking for all the answers ourselves, and bring our hopes, frustrations and disappointments to the foot of the cross, that we may discover answers to our questions. As the Lord said, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13).
1. Pray that each one of us may cherish our God-given work, and delight in the fact that He knows each of us and our problems and has plans to use what we do for His glory.
2. Pray for those coming to the evangelistic event with Rico Tice, that the message of the gospel will be heard and responded to.