Sometimes we can look at a very well known scripture and assume it's meaning. Like John 3:16. You begin to hear it and all of a sudden you stop in your tracks, "Wait, I know that scripture. Yes, I've already learned that one, I know it well." For God so loved the world...
Well I must admit, I have done the same thing with Jeremiah 29:11
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. (KJV)
This is one of those scriptures that we hold on to for comfort when we think of our future. God will restore us. I even have it in big letters on a banner that I've made with some nice scrapbook paper as a background. When ever I have needed encouragement for the future, I have looked at this to remind myself of God's plan and His unwavering goodness.
The interesting and clever thing about God's Word is that it's living and breathing. It's alive! And because of that fact, you can go back to that same verse again and again and learn
something different. A new facet, a new gem of revelation that you didn't see before. Yes, even with John 3:16. Give it a try.
As I pondered and repondered this wonderful and restorative verse of Jer. 29:11, the very last part tilted my brain abit. "To give you an expected end".
I have always seen that part as my goals finally coming to
pass! A break through in ministry, a prosperous and successful life, a bright career, my happy ever after! Has anyone out there ever thought the same thing? Are we speaking the same language? I have even thought at times "When the Lord delivers me from this evil and places me on top, on a solid ground of fame and fortune, that will be my expected end!
I can see now after recent revealing from the Holy Spirit, that this verse, is not speaking of any of anything like that. For that is a self centered view that is drawn from my thoughts and not God's thoughts. Let me explain more. Don't get disappointed, hang on a moment.
When you think about it, what it God's highest goal for us as His children? Very simply, it's family and closeness. It's being transformed into the Sons of God that know our birthrights and authority, through Jesus Christ. It's about relationship. And through the finished work of the cross and resurrection, we are one with Christ, with the Father and Holy Spirit. If that is really His goal then, can you see how dreaming and reaching for a successful ministry is way down on the totem pole of God's priorities? And even more of a twist, is that our expected end has already happened. It is finished.
Let's read it with that perspective in mind:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
Didn't Jesus bring peace and protection through the new Covenant that He made with God? Which we get to enjoy and partake of in Christ by faith? God so loved the world, that His thoughts have been on us, that we would awaken to the plan of redemption and resurrection freedom through the obedience of His Son. He longed to bring back His creation, into His bosom and into His arms. He loves you and I, as a good Father should.
to give you an expected end.
that you and I would receive the redemption that Christ paid for and be transformed and mature into Sons that would take our place. Even creation is longing for this. And if so, how much more is God?
For the creation awaits in eager expectation for the children (Sons) of God to be revealed. Rom. 8:19NIV
Our expected end is to be a mature Son of God, living one with the Father. You can't get any closer than that. So, if we see through God's lenses into this scripture, we might also see something else that will give us great comfort. If we are having the right priorities in our thinking, we will find that being a mature Son of God has it's beautiful benefits. We don't draw close to God because of the benefits. We draw close to him because we love Him, and He loves us. But in that relationship, all is well. All needs are met. He is the love of our life, our delight. And everything we touch will be blessed, because we have put Him first. Thank you Father!
It is fun to meditate on God's Word. It's like hunting for buried treasure. And the Father has placed it there deep within the pages to find and to enjoy. Discover the basics of meditating on God's Word through this book I wrote. It gives the how to's in a practical and fun way. I even take you through different themes, where we practice meditating on love, healing, being blessed, being in Christ and freedom.
Jesus is our all, our beginning and our end. He is our final stop and final goal. And that's a beautiful thing indeed...
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