latley in my quietude (to steal the word from my friend, maggie) God has given me a new challenge in reading scripture. i do not wish to add meaning or take away meaning from this ancient writing, but i believe God’s word is alive and active and that it’s possible He can reveal new truths every time i read it.
i believe this. i do.
so, why is it that i’ve become so frustrated with church words, and religious settings, and conversations where common bible verses are just thrown around almost even used as excuses? i don’t know. reading my Bible has become boring because i have let it.
in a search for something fresh i have been inspired to take a new, personal look at what i think to be the 3 most used bible verses: phillippians 4:13, john 3:16 and jeremiah 29:11.
i’m (re)learning that most of these things have to do with just looking at the context of what’s actually going on. i mean, for the most part, these verses are misused because the speaker (sayer?) is using them out of context.
i don’t want to write my entire journal here, because…well, it’s between me and the Lord. i want to encourage you and inspire you to examine this for yourself.
straight up in the NIV this is what the word is, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
these are some phrases i wrote down that i think God is saying to me through jeremiah 29:11.
i will show up. (wow)
i will take care of you as promised.
i know what I’m doing (such confidence!)
i will not abandon you.
i will give you hope.
i will give you something to hope for.
what is He saying to you?