“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Help for the Hero
Who doesn’t love Jeremiah 29:11? One of the most inspiring verses in the Bible, you have probably seen this passage quoted on graduation mugs, paintings, banners, and in sermons. It is found in the Old Testament when God told his people through Jeremiah the prophet, that after a seventy-year period of exile, He was going to heroically rescue them. Often I share this verse with a discouraged friend, but admittedly, I forget to add the verses around it that are part of the equation as well (Isn’t Scripture always like that?) To put the passage in context, in the very same conversation, God said, (Jeremiah 29:12-13), “Then you will come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”
If you or I continue to share this passage, let’s remember the larger context of the story. The above promise is specifically for God’s children. If we offer our children and friends the popular verse above and verses that directly follow, we give them a fuller picture of God’s desire for us, to follow after Him. God does not promise everyone that He will give them a wonderful future and a hope, He is talking only to those who follow Him. As a follower of Christ, you, mother, are grafted into that promise, so enjoy knowing that your future is precious, secure, and best of all, in God’s hands.
As a homeschooling hero today, you can also take a deep breath. It isn’t all on your shoulders, though the cape may feel cumbersome at times. No, God has all of His children’s best interests at heart, including your children. This week and always, let’s try to truly seek God in all we do with our child(ren), with our husbands, and on our own, too. God is waiting to be sought after, promising that He will be waiting if we only seek Him with all of our heart.
Kids Can Too!!
This week, be mindful of any cards, letters, emails, or calls that our children could write to help a discouraged someone draw closer to the Lord by sharing these or other helpful Scriptures. One easy way to incorporate this is to use Bible verses as a copywork or handwriting assignment. Whichever verses you choose during your copywork or Bible study, try to remember to offer the context of each story, so your children can increasingly understand that our faith is based on relationship, and not religion exclusively. It is exciting to watch them take hold of the promises helped in Scripture, and to begin their individual walk of faith. Ours is a privileged position, so let’s help our children find that privilege as well as to share it.
This week’s passage is a fantastic one to share with your husband at any time, especially if he is discouraged about his job, a financial situation, or an ensuing family crisis. Although God gave the husband the role of prime leadership in the family, we wives were given to our husbands to heroically help them out. Now, some husbands are not that receptive to being helped up from a fall, but few will resist a wonderful and encouraging Bible passage being read over them. Delight your husband’s spirit with a wonderful drink from God’s Word when he is parched. Sharing this inspiring passage of Jeremiah 29:11-13 will remind your husband of the promise of God, will inspire him to push through, and will keep him aimed in the right direction during a time of trial.
Thank You for not abandoning Your people, including me, time and time again after we have forgotten Your wonderful promises. Lord, may You help me to trust in Your promise that You will give me a future, a hope, and not allow disaster to fall on my family. Help me to walk in Your ways knowing I am always blessed when I follow after You. Help me to share this promise with others, especially my dear children. Amen.