PROVERBS 2:1-6 NKJV – My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord , And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Treasuring the Word
Listen. Treasure. Tune. Cry out. Ask. Search. Seek.
What do these words convey?
Why would this father desire these things for his son?
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Psalm 54:1-7 NIV
Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth. Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— people without regard for God. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them. I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord , for it is good. You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
JER 29:11-12 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
God Promises Good Plans for Your Life
These powerful words are part of a letter from the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews who had been exiled to Babylon. Their beloved city, Jerusalem, had been destroyed, and the people had been carted away from the land. Things could not have been much worse. Yet this was what God had promised if the people continued their disobedience.
Reading 1 and 2 Kings will quickly reveal the depth of the people’s faithlessness. So great is God’s love, however, that he promised to bring his people home again (see Jeremiah 29:10). Then follows the amazing promise that God has plans for them—good plans—that give them a future and a hope. When they pray, he will listen.
As God’s people today, we also can claim this promise. God does have plans for us, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans that will give us a future and a hope.
God’s plans are good. Thank the Lord for the promise of good plans full of hope.
God’s Promise to Me
• I have plans for your life.
• When you pray, I will listen.
My Prayer to God
Thank you for your plans, Lord. You promise that when I pray, you will listen. Help me persevere in seeking you. In seeking you, I know that I will find you.