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The Joy in Knowing He Knows

I’m a singer so I sing quite a bit. When a scripture comes to mind in prayer, I often will sing it. What my spirit landed on today 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 as it speaks of God’s abounding love and compassion, that He never forsakes us no matter what it looks like or feels like. It grabs my attention because it may seem simplistic or trivial but it’s absolutely profound: 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 you face, no matter how dire or insidious, it is not the end. You can take great comfort and joy in the fact that He knows the plans He has for you. They don’t end in captivity, death, discouragement, disillusionment, fragmentation, or destruction. They end in Him.

It’s a powerful revelation to see He is the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6). Do you look around and see pain and heartache, frustration and lack, destruction and disappointment? Take courage that it can’t be the end–because He is the End!

Who is your God? He has revealed Himself as love, Faithful and True, the Way, the fullness of life… When He shows up we are surrounded by peace, joy, strength, grace, wisdom, clarity, and more. 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 have a sense of the direction. It’s not nebulous or loosely defined.

He knows.

Your sin, failures, and screw-ups won’t change His mind. The accuser, the enemy of your soul, won’t persuade Him to drop us.  He knows you and me and our every insufficiency, yet He still loves. He still sent Jesus for us.

What a blessing that you don’t have to carry the burden of knowing it all. The only burden He places on you is to trust and believe Him. His yoke really is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).

I rejoice that He will prosper me, giving me a hope and a future; but there’s also something deeply significant about the truth that He knows that makes me want to praise Him.

How about you? Is this encouraging to you?

4 Comments

  1. Trusting fully in my God who knows all about me, yet loves me just the same. Yes, we have a hope and future in Him!
    Blessings, Jason!

    • So humbling--blows me away! Thanks so much, Martha.

  2. Yes! I take complete comfort in His knowledge of every step I take, even the bad ones! The good news is that He is always with me, even when I can’t feel Him because of my screw-ups, but He still reminds me that He is there! I just wish, and pray, that the rest of the world would know that He is there for them!

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