I was thinking the other day about this scripture in Jeremiah 29:11, that was spoken by God.
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.
We have this promise from God. Some think they were dealt a bad lot in life. But really they have been given the promise of a good future through Christ, they just don't realize it.
Did you ever think about how Jesus was the only one that had a destiny on this earth of death? He is God come in the flesh to this earth for our benefit. But His journey through this life led to the cross, to die a violent bloody death on a rugged cross. The scripture in Jeremiah was given to us because He was obedient to die on that cross. The disciples didn't understand really, until after he appeared to them when he had been resurrected. I would think that Mary then, also didn't understand. How could God have done this to Jesus? When did He begin to understand? As a young teen, did He have dreams of His destiny from God? Most have hopes and dreams and goals. But His was very different and unique indeed. I believe that as He fasted the 40 day fast, He began to discover His destiny from God. And all the nights that the disciples would sleep, and He would sneak away to be with His Father in prayer and fellowship, the vision was uncovered and became clearer and clearer. "While others are prospering and growing their families, I am headed for prison, to be arrested and tortured. My life is a preparation for a time when all will be shouting ferociously, mocking and accusing me falsely. This is why I came. This is my destiny, the plan of God for my life. I am the sacrifice, sent to willingly die for all men, for sin and for the world." He was called to die for every person who lived past, present and future.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 For. 8:9
He gave up everything for us. The greek word 'Poor,' means a beggar. We are not destined to be poor like He was. He became a pauper, and homeless person on the cross for us. We really can never say "I will never amount to nothing." If we do, we have no clue of what He did for us. He gave it all up, so that we could trade places and have the benefits of the Kingdom of heaven, to be included in the family of God. In total ignorance, we might say 'No one cares, no one loves me, I'm all alone.' Think again.
That cross, brought you full provision in every way, Spirit, soul and body. That cross gives you the right to healing on this side of heaven. You now have peace with God. We have a right because He gave us that right to be free from addiction, mental illnesses, poverty and lack. Not just eternal life after we die. We have a right to so much now in this life! But we must learn what is promised in the Word.
He humbled Himself to the lowest point for you out of love. And God exalted Him to the highest point because of His humility and obedience. Now He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But on earth, His journey and destiny was death and hell, so that He could give us a destiny of Life and Heaven and an inclusion into the most wonderful family with the best Father of all.