Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 1 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 29-30
Food for Thought: Jer. 29:11-13
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jer. 29:11-13).” How comforting these words are! They are enough to pull even the most distraught person out of the depths of darkness and instill hope in the one who is on the brink of giving up. Even for the believer who is not at that point, but just needs encouragement for the situation he/she is facing, this passage can infuse new strength.
Everyone needs to know that God has good thoughts towards all of us. He loves us completely and unconditionally, so much so that He sent His only Son to die for all of us (John 3:16, 17). And He sent Jesus not to condemn us, but to draw us into a relationship with Him. He is not angry with us, for all His wrath was poured out on Jesus in our stead (Is. 53:4, 5; 54:9). Now all He has is divine, perfect love for each one of us, as Ephesians 2:4-5 reveals: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” So His will for us is peace, and not ever anything evil.
Because God loves us and only wants the best for us, He desires to give us a great future and a hope. In fact, He has meticulously orchestrated plans for each one of us. We all have a very satisfying purpose for our lives, and the Lord greatly desires to reveal it to us as we seek Him and follow Him. (See I Cor. 7:20; Eph. 4:1.)
In order to really know that peace, love, and hope and be “plugged into” the grand purpose that God has for us, we first need to call on Him and pray to Him. (It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or “super spiritual.”) Then He promises to hear us. And everyone who seeks Him will find Him, if they seek Him with all their heart. Assuring us all of this, Jesus says in Matthew 7:7, 8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Thank God for His very reassuring word for each of us today!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):