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“For 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)

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the more widely known verses in the Bible. It reminds us that God has a plan for our lives, and that His plan is good. However, it is important to note that the word “prosper” in this passage does not mean what many people think. It does not imply material possessions, but rather prosperity of the inner man. It means completeness, soundness, welfare and peace. It is a tranquility and contentment that rises above whatever circumstances you may be facing.

In order for God to glorify Himself through our lives, He often pushes us out of our comfort zones. He leads us to mountaintops; but He also guides us through dark valleys. His plan does not always make sense from our limited perspective. We must remember that anything the Lord allows into our lives is for our good and His glory. He can prosper us, giving us hope and a future no matter what is happening to us now or what will happen to us down the road. 

This year has been hard for many of us. If we are being honest, we are glad to see it go and welcome the possibility, the hope, and the change that comes with a new year. However, we are not guaranteed that this next year will be better than the last. We don’t know for sure what the next twelve months will produce. However, we do know who holds the next twelve months, and we know that no matter what happens, God still has a plan and a purpose for you and for me. 

I pray that as you go into the new year, you will remember that you don’t need something from God, you need God! His plans are invariably good, because God is always good!

4 Comments

  1. Betty Laughlin on December 31, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Amen!

  2. Susette Loughney on December 31, 2021 at 8:43 am

    God is always good Amen to that
    I don’t think of possessions I think of what God holds in store for me this next year I know he will be with me every second of every day he is there always.

  3. Mary vakoc on December 31, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for your wisdom from God, that you pass on to us!!
    Happy New Years to you n your family!! Gods Blessings in 2022!!

  4. James W Howell on December 31, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I look forward TO getting closer to GOD in 2022. I have been blessed in many ways by a Loving Lord. I have learned that GOD never fails to be present for Us. PRAISE JESUS !

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