Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hope does not disappoint

Jeremiah 29:11 is number 4 in "The World's 10 Most Popular Bible Verses of 2014" but it also makes an appearance in Sarah Condon's "7 Things I Don’t Want to Hear in Church in 2015." The reference is in number 7:
7. God has a plan for your life.

I love Jeremiah 29:11 as much as the next Church Lady, but when the prophet tells us, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with a hope,” he says nothing about life being easy. There is no mention of a bigger house, a blissful marriage, or even a cancer free life. God simply promises to give us hope. And here’s the well known secret: We’ve already been given our life’s plan in the person of Jesus Christ. God’s plan for our lives started and ended on the cross. Not in the Beemer parking lot.

See also St. Paul to those Romans:
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

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