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There’s Comfort because He Knows

acreThis morning as I was making breakfast I was praying and singing. What my spirit landed on was a very familiar verse, Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” I sang. “Oh, I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you to give you a hope and a future.”

I love this verse and quote it often. It speaks of God’s abounding love and compassion, that He never forsakes us no matter what it looks like or feels like. For some reason, something else grabbed my attention this morning. It was that He knows.

God is not making things up as He goes along. The end result, if we choose to trust Him, will be hope and a future. The verse preceding says that after Israel’s time of captivity has ended, He will fulfill His gracious promise.

Israel was in trouble, not because God abandoned them but because they sinned and abandoned God. The promise, however, remained. Whatever we face, no matter how dire or insidious, it is not the end. I am taking great comfort and joy in the fact that He knows the plans He has for me. They don’t end in captivity, death, discouragement, disillusionment, fragmentation, or destruction. They end in Him.

I believe it’s a powerful revelation that He is the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6). Do you look around and see pain and heartache, frustration and lack? I know it can’t be the end–because He is the End.

Who is God? He has revealed Himself as love, Faithful and True, the Way! When He shows up we are surrounded by peace, joy, strength, grace, wisdom, clarity…

That is the end because He is the End.

He knows the plans He has for you and me. He doesn’t just think He’s got it figured out or has a sense of the direction. He knows. My sin, failures, and screw-ups won’t change His mind. The world and whatever path it chooses doesn’t deter Him. The accuser–the enemy of our souls–won’t persuade Him to drop us.

He knows me and my insufficiency, yet He still loves me and sent Jesus for me.

What a blessing that I don’t have to carry the burden of knowing it all. The only burden He places on me is to trust and believe Him. His yoke really is easy and His burden is light.

I still rejoice that He will prosper me, giving me a hope and a future; but there’s something special today about the reality that He knows that makes me want to praise Him.

How about you? Are you taking comfort in Him today? How?


This is a reworking of a post from 2009

4 Comments

  1. I love that! “God is not making things up as He goes along!” I think we too easily forget that. Thanks for the great reminder this morning.
    Deb Wolf recently posted..When You Need the Source of Comfort, Hope, and StrengthMy Profile

    • Another verse I love: His words are like silver refined in a furnace seven times… That means He’s extremely deliberate about what He speaks, never sloppy or haphazard. Every word goes through the refining so we can stand on it and live by it. How good is our heavenly Father?! Thank you, Deb. 🙂

  2. That verse has always been one of my favorites, Jason. God does know how all our lives will turn out, and I take great comfort in that knowledge.
    Blessings!

    • His word speaks so beautifully and powerfully to us! Thanks so much, Martha.

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