Our Bible verse for today: “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 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Have confidence in God”.
Yesterday we started off our series about God’s guidance by considering the great truth expressed in Proverbs 3:5-6, that if your heart is right, and you truly do apply yourself to seeking His will above your own, you can trust Him to guide you. Jeremiah 29:11 expresses the same general truth in slightly different words. God has your best interests always in His mind. His plans for you are good and if properly followed by you, will always lead to your ultimate good.
These two passages combine to help us have confidence in God. You can have confidence that God is doing His part to guide and direct you to good outcomes. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will always get what you want, but it does mean you will get what God has decided is in your best interest to have. If your heart is right and you sincerely are striving to know His will and be obedient to it, you can be confident that you will experience His best in your life.
Yesterday I offered you a simple four-part prescription for how to apply Proverbs 3:5-6 in a real and practical way in your life. This morning I want to give you a simple prayer you can pray that will help to place you in a position before God whereby He can speak His guidance into your life. I’ve seen many versions of this prayer but this one comes from Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family Ministries:
“Lord, I need to know what you want me to do, and I am listening. Please speak to me through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, friends, and things that I read.” Now listen and pay attention to the things that happen next. As you read your Bible, be looking for Him to make verses and principles jump off the page at you. Consider the circumstances that are developing in your life and how they might pertain to the guidance you are looking for. Ask mature Christian friends to talk with you and pray with you as you work your way through the issue. And pray. Pray a lot.
Have confidence in God. His plan for your life is good.