“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)
That’s basically what God was telling the Israelites in the above verse. They had been ripped away from their homeland and exiled to Babylon. Life was hard. Hope was dim.
But God had a plan. He always has a plan. And it’s a good one.
So, what’s God’s plan?
Prosperity. Hope. And a future better than anything we could imagine or create ourselves.
Here’s what God said next:
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14a)
Feel like you’re in captivity? Getting desperate? Losing hope?
Trust God. Seek Him with all your heart. He’ll rescue you, restore your hope and give you a future full of love.
In honor of today’s historic inauguration of President Obama and his theme of hope, here are my . . .
ALL-TIME TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOPE
- Put your hope in God. Psalm 42:5
- O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7
- Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
- Be joyful in hope. Romans 12:12a
- Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
- We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3b-5
- For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
- [L]et us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1 Thessalonians 5:8b
- Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
- For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11