He’s Got You Covered!

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.  Jeremiah 29:11
 
         HE DECLARES IT!  Isn’t that enough to excite you to know God has your back? That’s worth being excited about even in the midst of chaos.  No matter what season of life you are in, going into a crisis, in a crisis or coming out of one, there is indeed a bright future awaiting ahead for those who stay obedient and trust in God’s unfailing love. 
             
Jesus said
    “…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
 
       It’s easy to let go and give up, to lose sight of things we have hoped for and be discouraged from ever seeing a bright future.  Life may provide us many ups and downs, but if we approach these trials and sorrows as opportunities to stand firm in our faith, it will help us to keep on trusting God and help prepare us for future challenges.  We’ll also be able to help others indeed as iron sharpens iron.  Take this advice from Jesus’ brother James.  
 
       “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”  James 1:2-4
 
       You may not find joy in the midst of the pain you may experience, but you can still certainly have joy in your heart knowing that you’re going to come out stronger than you went in.  So keep going, don’t give up.  This life isn’t for nothing, because no matter what the future may bring here on earth, there is indeed a prosperous future for us in Heaven.