Sunday, January 01, 2006

No resolutions needed

"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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."

Jeremiah 29:11-12; New International Version

"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."

Jeremiah 29:11-12; King James Version

"For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you."

Jeremiah 29:11-12; Amplified Bible

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster,to give you a future and a hope. In those days whe you pray, I will listen."

Jeremiah 29:11-12; Student's Life Application Bible

There you have it. Four different translations of the same verse; each one striking a chord with me. Instead of making a resolutions that I will eventually break by next week, I want to claim this passage of Scripture as my mantra for the New Year. When things get tough - and I know they will - I hope to be blessed by these words. This passage reminds me that, whatever happens, God is still in charge.

Peace and blessings to you this year!

- ACL

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joanne said...

I stand on this Scripture all the time! And it is one I strongly suggest my clients memorize.

Did you know ... the word used in the Hebrew that is translated "to give you a hope and a future" is 'tiqvah'. It represents a picture of a rope being fed down into a pit with the intention of lifting one who is in the pit out.

I often think of Joseph in the pit, Peter being led out of the window, the Hebrew spies and Rahab. Same word.

I love it!

Stephen F. said...

As Emeril would say, "Oh, yeah, baby. That's the good stuff." Like bacon-wrapped filet mignon