Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I know it is within God’s vocabulary to say, “I know.” As I read that, I feel assured that He is thinking about me because this says He has good thoughts for us. Let me quote them to you:
“Thoughts of peace and not of evil (KJV)
“Plans for well being and not for calamity. (NIV)
“Plans for your welfare and not your disaster.”(Holman)
“Thoughts of peace and not of affliction.” (Doway)
Doesn’t that just bring reassurance to you? God has a plan for your life and it is a good plan. When you look back, you will see that He has been at work even through your most difficult times. Some while ago I took a short study from Don Miller’s book Storyline. In his book he proposed that many good writers start from the end and work their story back to the beginning. In a story there should be, he suggests, struggle against adversity. He also suggested ups and downs, twists and turns, good and bad times, and finally good overcomes evil. Good is to overcome evil. Love overcomes hatred. When you look at those things there seems to be real complications and difficulties. How is it all going to work out you may ask yourself? God says that I have an expected end. I have established in my heart and mind that it is all going to work out good. Romans 8:28 alludes to that. It says, “And we know that [in] all things [God] work[s] together for good to them that love God.” You see God is at work. He is out to accomplish something. The nature of what He desires to accomplish is in complete harmony with His own nature that is good. In Isaiah 4:10 it says, “I make known from the beginning...I decree the end from the beginning.” I wish you to know this is something that God has already done. It is not something He is going to do. If the end has already been established, then discouragement is kept in check. Loses, disappointments, and the things you have been through God is aware of. It is His nature to bring to you peace. It is a prevailing peace even in the face of many disadvantages. Sometimes you may look at your life and you may think, “I am over here, but my goal is over there.” There will be times when nothing seems to make sense. If you stop right there in the moment of misunderstanding, in the loss of a friend, in sickness, or a divorce; it may not look good, but it is not your final scene. It may be difficult for you as you go through it, but remind yourself how your story will end. The bible says you have an expected end. God has planned it to be good. The next twist in the road could be your breakthrough; it could be the beginning of a new understanding of God’s favour and plan for your life.
I would like to make these last few comments? If you will stay believing, after doing the right thing when wrong things happen, you will be able to more clearly see and embrace the work of God on your behalf. Let me encourage you in this coming year to stay passionate, committed, hopeful, loving, forgiving, and kind. Keep doing the right thing no matter what happens. See God’s expected end for you and do not be discouraged when you may not understand, but know it is just a twist in the road. God has many good things in store for you.