Even If

              Have you ever heard someone give good news and someone else reply with “God is good”! While I completely agree with this sentiment, it’s so important for us to understand that God’s goodness doesn’t change with our circumstances. He is a just and good God by nature. 

       Two simple words that can change everything….even if.  Even if that marriage falls apart, even if that job isn’t found, even if that test result comes back positive,God is still good. When your world is crashing around you, when you have such a deep hurt that penetrates every breath you take, it is hard to feel God’s presence. Can I share something with you? He is there. He’s holding your broken heart in his hand, wiping the tears from your eyes, and giving you the strength to move forward. 

One of my favorite verses that I cling to is Jeremiah 29:11. God’s promise in that verse is fuel for my soul.

11 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. 

Let’s dig deeper into that verse of Jeremiah. My favorite part of this verse was the section that said, “plans to give you hope and a future”. That is the part that we tend to place our focus. God has the best possible future in store for us; however, verses 12 and 13 are just as important. 

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV)

It says you will call on Him and seek him and pray with all of our heart.  Did you catch that word “all” of our heart? We have to give him all of it, not just the pieces we want to share with him. He wants all of our heart. We have to open our hands and give Him the details we hold on to ever so tightly. We are afraid to let go because we know that what we want may not be what God has in store for us. That is when we go back to verse 11 and claim “plans to prosper and not harm, plans to give you hope and future.” Trust God with all of your heart and begin the process of healing. 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your promises. Thank you for your Son who loves us so much that He was willing to die on the cross for us. Lord, I pray that you wrap your arms around the people reading this, and let them feel your love in such a way that they open their fist and say, “Here God, I trust your plans for my future”.  Lord, I thank you for that future and thank you for loving us. In Jesus’s name we pray Amen. 

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