“God Alone Knows His Purposes” ( Jeremiah 29 : 11-13, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“I alone know My purpose for you, says the Lord: prosperity and not misfortune, and a long line of children after you. If you invoke Me and pray to Me, I will listen to you: when you seek Me, you shall find Me; if you search with all your heart, I will let you find Me, says the Lord. I will restore your fortunes.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

God allows us to find Him when we search diligently; when we call on Him and pray to Him. He listens like no human being is capable of listening — with full understanding. God alone knows His plans for us. Where there is misfortune, He will restore prosperity.

God sometimes places us — or allows us to place ourselves — in situations that are particularly tough for us — in places of “exile.” He says, “To all the exiles whom I have carried off from Jerusalem to Babylon,” “when a full seventy years has passed over Babylon, I will take up your cause and fulfill the promise of good things I made you, by bringing you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:4, 10) Here God has an actual time frame in His plan; and He rebukes prophets who claim differently. “Do not be deceived,” He warns, “by the prophets or diviners among you.” (Jeremiah 29:8)

God has plans and purposes known only to Him — He determines discipline and the manner in which He brings people back into a close relationship with Him. Despite allowing our troubles and misfortunes, He also decides when and how and where to restore “prosperity”. As Paul reminds us, “in everything, as we know, He co-operates for good with those who love [Him] and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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  1. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Carley thank you so much for subscribing to my Blog, I look forward to sharing with you again. I have started a new Blog for woman, although men can visit too. I wanted to assure woman that God Loves us greatly and that His planes for us are for good not bad, yes as you shared Carley, before heart repentance we walk according to our own will, much like the Prodigal son and God disciplines us by letting us do so and we suffer the consequences of our own evil actions but when we repent from the heart, He runs to us and welcomes us giving us our rightful place in The Family reserved for us since the beginning of time by God’s foreknowledge of our hearts repentance. Then under grace as we choose to walk in Love by The Holy Spirits empowering He conforms us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ and we are indwelt by Him and do the work that was prepared in advance for us to do as He equips us and motivates us bringing great Joy to our hearts that we willingly and Lovingly share with others.

    Thank you Carley and may we grow together in The Lord, who is our King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. – Christian Love Anne.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Anne,
      This is sort of embarrassing for me — I didn’t subscribe to your blog. I do visit however; and will continue to do so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God bless you, always. Carley

  2. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Carley I received notification, see below, that you subscribed just before I posted on your blog it could be because you left a post but that doesn’t explain the timing anyway I’m thankful that we are sharing again, I was going to join up with you again in the morning so the timing was good, be in touch soon, I’m going back to sleep.

    God bless your greatly – Christian Love Anne

    lambskinny just subscribed to receive an email every time you publish a post. Congratulations. ( I can send the e-mail if you want me to )

    1. lambskinny says:

      yep I see! Anyway glad, too. Sleep well! Carley

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