Jeremiah 29:11 — “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” (NIV).
Most every believer has heard this verse and no doubt been encouraged by its message, Heidi and me included. We’ve even taught our boys to grab ahold of such promises and pray them over themselves. (If you don’t practice this, you’d be wise to start.) Something new began to stir inside of me, though, as I’ve been writing. I felt so strongly that we are not only to pray and believe for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our own lives, but also in the lives of others.
The woman who had the issue of blood was in uncharted territory after she touched Jesus. For twelve years, she had no reason to believe anything except that she was going to die. Hoping for the future was a foreign concept. Perhaps she thought, “Okay, I’m healed. What now?”
That’s exactly what Jesus spoke to when He told her to go in peace. His desire was for her to be made whole in every area she was broken, and He has the same desire for the broken people we come in contact with. The only difference is He has now chosen us to be the channels through which His blessings flow.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be a vessel of hope to those who are unable to see the eternal through the temporary. Someone in your life needs to hear his current troubles are producing for him an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Encourage him not to lose heart, but to fix his eyes on what he cannot see (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
Another person needs to know God is the source of hope, and Jesus is an anchor for her soul (Romans 15:13; Hebrews 6:19). He works everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Purpose to promote God’s promises, rather than point out people’s problems.
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