Hearing God's Voice

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

I have a natural tendency to suspicion, guilt and hopelessness. The first couple of years of my walk however, I was filled with joy, peace, faith and generally in love with all things and everyone. But as the first blush of my affair with Jesus Christ faded, those old feelings began to rise up in me again. One evening as I was preparing supper, I was feeling particularly hopeless and cried at the drop of a hat. I had picked up a new type of Chile Verde sauce, and the label had a scripture address, Jeremiah 29:11, printed on it. I felt blessed and cheered up a bit as I continued fixing dinner. I kept feeling a nudge to actually read the verse, but continued to shrug it off; feeling too busy. Finally, though, after the pesky prodding would not go away, I picked up my Bible and read the verse. I was overjoyed to read that God had thoughts of peace for ME, and thanked Him profusely. Don’t ever ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit or you may miss out on a mighty blessing.

Dear Heavenly Father; please help me to remember that You know what You’re doing; that I can lean on you with full assurance. Forgive me when I forget that you have my well being in mind, and help me to be more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Abba Father, for never letting me down.