“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11 NASB
This was original written and prophesied to the nation of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah before they were taken into captivity. There are times when it can be very difficult to trust the Lord. His ways are higher than ours and often times when the Lord is doing a deep work in our lives it can seem like He has abandoned us and forsaken us.
But what God is doing is building our faith and trust in Him. He is continuing to refine and perfect us into the image of Christ. His plans for us are wonderful but it doesn’t mean we won’t go through pain and suffering. Suffering is an essential part of the Christian journey because it is through the suffering that we face that the character of Christ is developed within us.
Let us hold fast to God’s promises for our lives and not focus on our present circumstances. Everything in our lives is designed by the hand of the Lord. This includes our suffering. But the key to overcoming and growth is abiding in Him. He has not called us to walk this journey in our own strength. He has called us to seek Him for wisdom and strength. Let us hold fast and press on toward the high call in Christ Jesus.