Jeremiah 29:11-14 (Amplified Bible)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.
Oh how good the Lord is! We find ourselves in so many predicaments and places we should never be. yet when we see where we have allowed ourselves to be put, we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the Lord. When we do this we realize Who God really is. He never left us, we chose to go a different direction, therefore, trial enter into our lives. Many time, most times, it is not wha we have done but what God allows to take place in our lives. Don’t get me wrong we do get ourselves into a straight and we do reap what we sow. (Gal. 6:7-9)
God always hears our cries. There are times He does turn, scripture says he does this, Psalms 66:18 is one scripture that comes to mind. When we regard, hold sin (iniquity) close to our heart, it draws a deep wedge between us and the Lord. We wonder why it seems He isn’t listening.
God is a holy God. Sin and holiness are like oil and water, they do not mix. Try as you may, but it won’t work.
What will cause the Lord to hear us once again, repentance. Here in these above scriptures is what took place with Israel. It had to. BUT, all along God was still with them and watching over them. Some of them chose to sin and others, well sad to say, life happens. And so does life happen with us. Yet God is always there and watching over you. You may not feel as if He is, it hurts. Yep it does. God has a plan and it is a plan of HOPE.
Because He has a plan and higher thoughts than we do for ourselves or sometimes of that of the Lord, we lose sight of the greatness of our Lord and Savior.
When you feel as if you are in a straight, between a rock and a hard place, or hanging by your finger nails on the edge of a cliff, you probably are. This is when the Lord has your attention, sad to say this is where many of us end up before we see we have allowed ourselves to distance ourselves from the Lord. This is the time and place we come to and cry out to the Lord. AND He does hear us. He delivers us and blesses us.
Remember when you are in these places they are also for your growth in Christ. Learn to trust, rely, and believe the Lord for every situation you find yourself, He is there, He desires to help you in the midst of the hurt. There will be joy and peace in believing that God is with you all the time, every where, everyday.
This is our hope and His grace being revealed to us.
Lord bless you.
- Scripture at Sunrise 11.8.2011 (nlbclex.wordpress.com)