The past week I’ve been part of a several conversations in which Jeremiah 29:11 was quoted. This timeless verse, written by the prophet Jeremiah thousands of years ago, assures followers that God has something good up His holy sleeve.
“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)
I’ve noticed each time someone quoted this passage, they ended on verse eleven. But in order for God to reveal His promised plan for us from verse eleven, we must respond as recorded in verse twelve and thirteen:
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13, NIV)
Pray and seek first.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)
Lord, help me to live each day with a growing awareness of you. Help me to seek you first in all circumstances. Lord, prevent me from becoming immune to your presence and your whispers. Amen.
“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.”
Yes, God desires to provide the promise of hope and a future free from captivity. But first we must pray and seek him first. If you need musical motivation, I suggest this beautiful song Firstby Lauren Daigle.
Each morning, before my feet hit the floor, I whisper “Good morning Lord. I love you too.” How do you seek God first?
~April Dawn White
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