Thoughts of Peace

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Passages like this remind me of the fact that God is our Father.  So many people are hesitant to follow the Lord because they think that He will destroy their lives and “ruin their fun.”  I get this attitude from young people, but I think that there are quite a few “old” people out there who also tend to think like this. 

Just as a human father truly wants what is best for his children, so our Heavenly Father wants what is best for His children.  As children, we didn’t understand everything our earthly fathers did.  We sometimes didn’t understand why they wanted us to do certain things and why they would not allow us to do other things.  But, in the grand scheme of things, their decisions were for our good, whether we realized it or not.

God tells us here that He knows the thoughts He thinks toward us.  He tells us that they are thoughts of peace, and not of evil.  If we will follow Him, He will never lead us astray.  I have been often stung by the heartache of sin, but never when I was following Him. 

The Bible tells us that His ways our higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  We may think that we know what is best for ourselves, but do we really think that we know better than God?  These are good verses to remember when we do not understand everything that God is doing in our lives.  He thinks thoughts of peace, and not of evil toward us.  What a comfort!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I’m going to wrap myself up in the comfort of that today, Ben! Thank you and God bless you and all the plans He has for you!


  2. Thank you, Ben!

    In the hustle and bustle of daily life I draw strength from His words. I was totally overwhelmed when I saw the parallel between Jeremiah 29:11 and parts of Psalm 139 🙂

    Thankful that He only wants what’s best for me – even when I don’t get it.



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