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.
Reflection: First of all, as your bookkeeper, I am the least qualified to write a devotional for you. Perhaps take what I say today with a grain of salt. Here goes…
Crazy times we are living in. Back in Old Testament times, this verse in Jeremiah was written to the exiles in Babylon. (Check in with Darcy for more biblical historical context. She loves this stuff!) Although not written to us, it is now written for us, perhaps to give us a glimpse to the nature of God as an ever-present, never-changing God, who is with us when times are good, and with us in times of uncertainty. A God who only wants what is good for us. Funny how we often experience God with us more in times of uncertainty.
As a confirmation mentor, I suggested this verse to my student for her confirmation verse. I could only do that because I believe God is with us, has some plans in store for us to give us hope and a future, beyond today, beyond next month, beyond this corona crap, and no plans to bring us evil, ever.
Prayer: God of Hope and the Future, Please give us all hope for the future that will give us peace in the present day. Amen.
Focus of the Day: Try to think positive thoughts about the future while knowing God is with us through all our hardships.