How differently will you approach your Monday having read this one verse of Scripture?
Let it settle deep within in your spirit, stamp it across the fabric of your heart, so that the promise it declares resonates in your soul.
No matter how ill-equipped you feel today, regardless of the numerous times you have failed, God has not and will not remove His hand from your life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
He knows you by name and has called you according to His purpose designed specifically for you. Do you know what that means?
Simply put, God has engineered a plan for each and every one of His children with our individual characteristics and strengths in mind. That is why my calling looks different from yours and why the paths we must take to fulfil our purpose may seem drastically opposite.
There have been days and I am sure, more to come, when I look around and see people whose lives have numerous similarities to my own and yet it seems they never experience the same hardships that I face. I find myself asking God, “Why? Why me…again?” If I actually allow Him to speak to me through His Word, I can see that He is refining me like silver in a fiery furnace or pruning away that which is unnecessary in order make room for new growth.
That is when I can read the words of 2 Corinthians 12 and embrace the path God has me on. Though it may be rocky, filled with potholes, and at times treacherous, it’s my course, just for me, and He has already gone before me to make a way where there seems to be no way.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(verses 9-10 ESV)