IS IT TIME TO TURN YOUR YESTERDAYS INTO BETTER TOMORROWS?
I understand the feeling of hopelessness and the feeling that any hope is temporary and that a sea of hopelessness surrounds you. There are times in my own life when I have had that feeling. Are you tired of living but scared of dying? This is a cloud that you feel where there is no hope of the sun. Whether it is derived from financial, relational, or career circumstances, there is this sense of being stuck!
God’s people of Israel were hopeless because they were under divine discipline and they were a long way from home, living in a location they despised and false prophets were reinforcing their hopelessness. Have you ever felt stuck? Hopelessness can suck the very life out of you. Here are a few verses in a tough chapter to read in a very hard book to read for all of its negativity and rebukes. This is one hopeful few verses in a book of hopelessness.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future. 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. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “ and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Was last year a bad chapter in a list of bad chapters? God says He has plans for you. It has to do with your tomorrow, not your yesterdays. Despite hopelessness, God can turn your yesterdays into better tomorrows. Jeremiah 29: 11 says “I have a plan for you.” And since God does indeed have a track record in the Bible, you should grow comfortable with His plan for you.
It has to do with your future. “Where I am taking you,” says the Lord, “is not for calamity but for welfare or well-being.” See, what we need to see and what I realized in my own hopelessness was that we need to go through the hard times to get us to the good times. I think it is God’s way of helping us see what it means not to be home so that when we do come home, we can appreciate it.
THE QUESTION IS, WHAT DO I DO WHILE I AM WAITING FOR THIS PLAN?
What do I do to discover the plan, experience it and understand it? And most importantly, how do I discover it? God clearly states that we are not to sit back and gripe or wallow in a pity party or fuss or complain or blame others. Remember, it is not others who are to blame, but it is God who has sent you into exile so that He can show you His plan.
While you are waiting for your blessing and plan, you are to bless others and be part of someone else’s plan. Get outside of yourself and be a ministry to others while you wait!
You know the fairytale of Cinderella. Her stepmother was cruel and made her do all the chores and cleaning while her stepsisters did nothing. She had to battle loneliness because when they went out to parties, she was left at home to do more chores. Life was one big drudgery.
The fairy Godmother shows up and asks her a question, “Would you like to go to the Ball?” And through a miracle, she was transformed into a magnificent beauty. It was at the Ball that she met the prince. They fell in love. Now isn’t life just like this sometimes? As soon as you think you have found what you are looking for the clock strikes midnight.
All of sudden your dream is now dashed and the dream disappears. Cinderella winds up back at her Stepmother’s house and is back doing all the chores again. She had hope and now has lost hope. There is one difference, though. After meeting the prince, she is singing and dancing while doing the chores and facing the loneliness. You see, she is remembering whom she met at the Ball. It didn’t change her situation but it changed how she looked at her situation. Now she looks at her situation with him in mind because she knows he has a plan for her. The work did not change but her mind changed.
Before each of us became a Christian, we were under the tutelage of the evil stepmother with the evil stepsisters. But one day the Holy Spirit met us and transformed us and introduced us to the Prince of Peace and the King of Kings. What He wants us to know that even if we are going through difficult situations we can deal with it with a smile. Why? Because He has a plan for us. He has a role for us and when that connection is finally made, we all will say, “It was worth it.”
SOME THINGS ARE WORTH THE WAIT!!
Source: Dr Tony Evans “God is up to something”
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