For most of us, the battle rages on. We are flooded with situations and suggestions that threaten our confidence. We are tempted to live as orphans with no assurances of protection, provision or place. When we take the bait, we scramble and strive to hold onto what we have while elbowing out grace and selflessness.
The battle is real. The challenges are tangible. The Solution is invisible. There lies the challenge.
How do we get past the facts as reported by a bank account, doctor, employer, or something else? How do we stare at things that are negative and believe that our destiny is positive? How do we find Hope when hope seems lost?
“For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” is the passage in Jeremiah that first jumped out to me as spoke to me 1st person; real time. This is where God spoke to me to draw me in when I was definitely not in. I wanted hope and I wanted a future. I needed His plan, because mine wasn’t working.
My heart leaped and my spirit began to breathe. New Life was being born. My living room was a delivery room as I read on and considered the promise.
“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.”
For too long, I wasn’t willing to do the “all your heart” part. Some of my heart, maybe. “Call on me and come and and pray to me,” was good for when I needed something. But this promise of prosperity, hope and a future was tied to seeking with everything. This was an intersection of decision between the things I had controlled and yielding control in order to receive the fulfillment of a promise. I was either going to trust Him or not. I did. I do.
Sometimes I let the facts overwhelm me and I start to squeeze. Those times are less than “all your heart” times. Those are “part of your heart” or even “most of your heart” times. Then there is a whisper, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you . . . I will listen to you.”
Another intersection, another chance to receive by yielding, so I come to Him, I pray to Him and I choose to give to Him that part of my heart which I foolishly borrowed. He is Faithful. I am flawed.
The facts are real, but the promise is True. I am not an orphan anymore.