Often times I get wrapped up in my own thoughts when I am weary and tired, or my prayers seem to have gone unanswered. In those times, I need to remember where to get HOPE again when things seem hopeless.
This morning I was meditating on the following verse in Jeremiah 29:12-14 that says “Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me, I will let you find me, declares the LORD. I will bring you back from captivity.”
It’s true, I too am a captive, but unlike Israel who was delivered into bondage with the fall of Jerusalem in 606 A.D., I am held captive by my own thoughts.
And the more I think about myself, the more miserable I become.
God wants us to know however that when we meditate on His Word and earnestly pray to Him and seek Him, He will lift us up, He will bring us out of captivity, He will restore joy in our hearts and give us peace, provide our needs, and restore our strength when we are weary and tired.
When attention is focused on negative thoughts, it is possible to become quite discouraged, but when attention is diverted to God and His Word, discouragement flees and faith heightens. So be comforted to know that God is expecting us, and that if we knock, He will answer. A similar verse to the one in Jeremiah is Matthew 7:7 that says “Ask, and you will receive (call to me). Search, and you will find (go and pray to me, you will seek me and find me). Knock, and the door will be opened for you (I will hearken unto you, I will let you find me).”
GOD’S PROMISE – “For I know what I have planned for you, says the LORD. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Copyright 2016 by Bill Hutzel