Words from the Heart for Monday August 26th, 2019

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 on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

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Not Forgotten

The arrests of three Canadians in China this past December are part of a trend in recent decades, according to Global Affairs Canada, adding to the current total of around 200 Canadian citizens behind bars in the country. International treaties and protocols can make it extremely tricky for Ottawa to intervene effectively on behalf of many of these individuals, said Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016. He said an enormous portion of his time was devoted to trying to help incarcerated Canadians.

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There are certain promises in the Bible that have special meaning to many followers of Jesus. They usually have to do with God’s care for His people, or the promise of His abiding presence that assures us of victory and power in our lives. One of the most well known is Jeremiah 29:11-13: “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 on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God gave this promise to the people of Israel while they were suffering in Babylon. He promises them that He will lead them back to Israel. There must have been times when the people of Israel wondered if God had forgotten them during those decades in captivity. God’s assurance that He had not forgotten them and that He had a plan to give them a hope and future must have brought great peace. It still does to all who love the Lord Jesus, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley