Faith column: ~ God Has A Plan for You
“’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. Then you will call on 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.’” — Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
In 597 BC, the Babylonians began to deport the Jews to Babylon. Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles helps us understand how we can make the best of a difficult situation. God makes a promise to us in verse 11 which gives us hope for our future. Our God brings peace and calmness into our life in the midst of a storm. Our God desires us to have hope in the future. Even though things look unpromising, God speaks to our heart and says, “I have a plan for you.” Some people do not desire to trust God with their future. They would rather take their life or someone else’s life or do it their way. They think they are the change agent or the transformer. They believe they have the key to their future.
But I say to you, have hope in God. Written on the U.S. money are the words “In God We Trust.” When you trust in God, your hope will be built upon Him. If we are to experience our full potential, we must understand a very important truth: “If God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b NIV)
We are more than conquerors. In Babylon, Israel sorted out her faith and rediscovered her deep need for the Lord. Take time and seek the Lord for your answers and allow God to lead you into the pathway of truth.
You may not know Jesus as your savior, but today I give you an opportunity to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:8-9 NIV).
By confessing these words, repenting, and believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will be saved. Remember “God Has A Plan for You.” Amen.
This column is the opinion of Rev. Gracie Jackson of the Grace Community AME Mission; services 11 a.m