So in my post about reading the Bible, I suggested finding a new verse for every month and reflecting on it. This is something I do personally and I think that by putting out what I’m doing, it will inspire others.
So this is this month’s verse:
“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.
What this verse is basically saying is; stop whatever is worrying you. Because God is there and he is all-powerful and all-knowing, he wants the best for you. The example I always use to explain this verse to people is, imagine you broke up with a boyfriend/ girlfriend. You loved them and wanted to spend the rest of your life with them. But God knows them better than you will ever know them, and he has written their life plan and he knows what’s going to happen to them and he doesn’t want you to go through that, because what he’s doing is making you as happy as you can be, but you have to be patient.
But don’t mistake patience for absence. God is always with you, as shown in the poem on yesterday’s post (here’s the link in case you missed it: https://gibbensblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/can-i-lose-my-faith). Remembering that can be hard especially if you’re struggling. But you need to stand up, be bold and strong and trust in him, spend time with people you love, not people who are ‘just there’. But also listen to God, he will send you signs about what is right and what is wrong. You need to listen to these but also don’t confuse them with what isn’t really there.
What I am going to encourage you to do now is, go and open a Bible, on your phone or on paper, and read this verse again and again. Find some relaxing worship music and just pray about what God wants to communicate to you through this verse.
If you have any questions about what I have said or if you want to suggest a verse for next month, please comment!