The Lord has been speaking to me about my suffering and the plans He has for me. He has been showing me that even my suffering is for my benefit somehow, and all the pain and anguish I have been through are still part of the good plans He has for me. I have talked about the above Scripture before and the suffering Hezekiah endured and how He cried out to God. I understand his heart and the anguish he suffered described in Isaiah chapter 38. In His great love, God kept me from the pit of destruction and let me live too! In His grace and mercy, He has put all my sins behind His back!
The Lord spoke Isaiah 38:17 to my heart along with Jeremiah 29:11 this morning. He wanted me to see the connection and remember both verses together at the same time. Why? Because He wants me to trust in the plans He has for me, even when those plans require anguish and suffering. He wants me to trust that even my suffering is beneficial. When you follow Jesus, He makes beauty from ashes in every area of your life and nothing is wasted.
“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.”
We have to trust that even the suffering we endure as part of God’s plan will somehow prosper us and not harm us. Somehow His plans will always bring hope and a future. Yes, when we follow Jesus, even our suffering is for our benefit. We might get angry and we might not understand, but He will see us through. All we have to do is trust Him and keep walking by faith. Easier said then done, but with God nothing is impossible and He holds our hearts. Whatever troubles you are facing today, remember, if you know Jesus, then He is working on your behalf for your benefit!
May His will be done today and every day!
Grace and peace to you all!