From the Kitchen Table
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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. Is 29:11-14
It’s our knowledge of love that leads us through life. We have a tendency to look at the world around us and decide if we are loved but God calls us to look at His word and know that we are loved. In this Scripture, the Israelites find themselves prisoners in a foreign land because that’s where their disbelief and disobedience took them. Like we saw yesterday, live in love of you’ll live a lie and lies have a way of taking us into an ugly and unwanted truth. God has plans for us, that means God is always thinking about us. His plans for us are good, His word says so. But God won’t force His plans on us. He just won’t! He waits to talk to us through prayer and lead us into His plans as we process things with Him. Here’s the thing, it’s hard to talk to someone if we don’t think they care about us or love us. Until you and I begin to believe and know that God loves us, this prayer and these promises will be difficult for us to believe in. God loves us, He has told us and shown us over and over again. It’s our knowledge of His love that will lead us into God’s thoughts for us.