It’s almost hard to believe but we are just two months away of coming to the end of what many consider to be one of the most horrible and unpredictable years we have ever witnessed in a very long time; 2020
As I look back to the beginning of 2020, like most believers, I was filled with much anticipation and excitement of what the Lord was going to do in this New Year 2020.
Our nation, for the most part, was experiencing what many consider to be, one of the best economies we’ve seen in a very long time. Hope and excitement was at an all time high in the hearts of many. Our unemployment rate was at an all-time low which meant people were working and feeling pretty good about going into 2020.
Three months into 2020 we were suddenly hit with what many consider to be, one of the most deadly and costly virus ever to come across our paths. In an attempt to slow this virus down our nation was suddenly thrust into a total shutdown. It’s since been thought by many that this attempted cure for this virus may have been more damaging in the long run than the virus itself.
Thousands of people were suddenly placed out of work because of the total shutdown. We sadly witnessed the long lines of cars on TV across our nation as people waited to get food to survive. Many small business have sadly had to permanently close their once thriving business; their dreams now shattered.
So much devastation has taken place in 8 short months across our nation and we are still not sure ‘when’ or ‘if’ we will ever get back to some sort of ‘normal living’ again.
As I thought about this sadness the Lord reminded me of the letter the prophet Jerimiah wrote, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to the Israelites who had been carried away into captivity in Babylon by the Lord for their sin of idolatry against Him.
What seemed like nothing but horrible times laid before the Israelites, the Lord graciously gives the Israelites some words of hope that we today must also hear in these difficult times we are in today.
The Lord says in Jeremiah 29:10-11. “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill My gracious promise to bring you back to this place. (Jerusalem) For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (emphasis added)
“For I know” are words of promise from the Lord we as believers need to hide in our hearts, though it doesn’t seem to look so promising right now.
It’s our human nature to try and figure out what the Lord may be doing in a certain situation and that is to our downfall.
The Lord knows tomorrow and beyond. The Lord promised He has plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future and no virus or man’s wrong decisions can take that promise away from us!!!
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