Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28

Yesterday, my family and I were out doing errands when we noticed a construction sign that said, “Detour.”  It seemed like a sad thing, but as we got off the beaten path and onto the new path, we realized it was enjoyable.  The road climbed and swooped, showing us a part of our city we hadn’t seen before.

Let’s say the beaten path represents a person’s life that has stagnated and is just surviving day to day.  And say the new path represents a person’s life that is alive with hope.  This all reminds me of a book I read called Destiny: Let God Use You Like He Made You by Tony Evans.  He said that if we just survive day to day, we risk someday hearing from God, “I had so much that I wanted to accomplish through you…but I never could get you to focus your full and undivided attention on My glory.  You wanted your own.”    Tony Evans further states, “…your destiny is about His glory.”

Speaking of what to focus on, Dr. Evans said, “Focusing on the world creates static on the line that will interfere with what the Spirit wants to speak to your mind (see Romans 12:1-2).  But if you focus your mind on God and His kingdom, you will pierce through the fog of this world…Seek Him first, and you will make it…All these things will be added to you-including your destiny.”

Tony Evans mentioned, “While waiting on God for your destiny, promote the well-being of the people around you now.”  Later, he said, “When you find Him, you will find the plan as well because He knows what it is and wants to give it to you.”

In the last chapter of the book in the last paragraph, Dr. Evans requests that the reader remember Jeremiah 29:11.  Jeremiah says, “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.”

 

 

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