“Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness,” (Genesis 21:19-20).
I had a conversation with a dear friend recently about life’s difficult days. She’s one of the happiest people I know. When something hard comes her way, her instinct is to get as far away from the hurt as possible. She just doesn’t like to be sad, so she seeks happiness to get past the hard.
Happiness is a good thing, but my friend shared an important truth with me that day. We will have struggles, and sometimes we have to stay there a while. So when we feel stuck, we can trust that God “will never leave us or forsake us.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). God is there, even when we don’t see a way out at the moment. Not only did God provide just what Hagar needed in her darkest moment, he also stayed with them as they moved into the next chapter of their lives. He will do the same for us and work it all together for our good.
Remembering these promises helps me look at Jeremiah 29:11 with renewed faith. I no longer dread those words when God’s plan for me is scary. Instead, I can read that verse as if I am hearing my loving Father speak it to me for the first time, reviving my heart with His gentle Spirit. Let’s try it together right now.
“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.” If you’re wondering how to trust God because His plan for you is scary and hard, allow these words to bring back your hope. They will comfort us and bring us to a new level of trust in Him. We don’t have to know the plan, because God does.
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Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart, sharing biblical insight with readers and audiences in a relatable way. Her life experiences blend together to create an eclectic backdrop for her lessons that highlight God’s powerful Word and redemptive grace. She is the author of the book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan, and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Read Kristine’s weekly devotions and Bible study resources a tkristinebrown.net or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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