I am linking up with our blogger friend, Beth, at Adventures of a Schoolmarm for her new linky Worship Wednesday.
This is one of my most favorite scriptures. I read it often. In fact, my bible practically falls open to this scripture. My pastor preached on this passage a couple of years ago, and it has never left me. It gives me hope when I have none. It lifts me up and lets me know that God has a plan for me. He, the Maker on high, has thought of me. He has mapped out a way for me through all of the tunnels and storms and valleys. I have an expected end. I have a future- a future that God himself has imagined and designed just for me.
I usually stick to the New King James Version, you know, so I can understand what I am reading, but I do love, love this scripture in different versions. Each brings a new layer to the verse. But my favorite of this verse has to be the Message version.
Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) 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.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 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.
Hopefully this scripture will encourage you today and fill you with renewed hope for the future.
Have a blessed day!