Are You Hanging onto God’s Promises?
Trusting God Even When Life Gets Difficult
by J.M. Troppello
It’s highly likely that you’ve had some dreams delayed, prayers unanswered, and are still holding onto God’s promises in your heart. I count myself in the category of all three areas. American Christian Bible counselor, Larry Crabb, wrote, “Our shattered dreams are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story.”
I can relate to those sentiments. My shattered dreams are part of a larger puzzle in my life. Of course, in the moment, it’s not easy to believe that. It’s difficult to hang onto God’s promises for your life – especially when your prayers have gone unanswered, and your heart is struggling with broken dreams.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jer. 29:11-14, NKJV)
Jeremiah 29:11-14 is a well-known passage of the Bible which speaks of God knowing the plans that He has for His people’s lives. In verse 11, God emphasized that He planned to bring peace and not evil, and give a future and a hope. “God had not terminated His relationship with Judah. He remembered His covenant promises of restoration” (Source: TNSB). You can read more about that covenant in Deuteronomy 30:1-10.
In Jeremiah 7:16, God had instructed Jeremiah not to pray for the people because Jerusalem’s inhabitants were extremely depraved at the time. (See also: Jer. 11:14, 14:11) God did not want any type of prayer to be prayed for Judah. God said that He would not hear Jeremiah’s prayers in this regard.
In Jeremiah 29:12-13, God’s response to His people praying to Him was extremely different than His response in Jer. 7:16. The difference in this instance is that God would answer the prayers when His people sought Him with their whole heart – unlike the stubborn and wicked hearts of the people of Judah (see: Jer. 3:10, 4:14, and 7:24).
I love the words from Jeremiah 29:11. God will be found by you, when you seek Him with all your heart. I’ve read this passage from Jeremiah many times. I’ve memorized it and recited it to myself often throughout my walk with the Lord. However, it’s always been vital for me to realize my part in this Scripture. If I want to come ‘back from captivity,’ I needed to seek God with my whole heart.
Have I been seeking God with my whole heart? Have you been seeking God with your whole heart? Those are important questions. I know God will be faithful to answer those questions for me and you – and help us get back on track in our walk with Him.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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