Jeremiah 29:11-13 – God’s Plans For You

We spend a lot of time thinking about God’s plans for us.

While this is definitely a good thing, it’s easy to have the attitude: “It’s all about me.”

It is true that God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. Jesus said that even the hairs on our heads are numbered (Luke 12:7). And after all, when compared to God, everything is small.

But should we expect that the main purpose of God’s plans is to make us happy right here, right now?

Jeremiah’s message in today’s devotional verses is radically different… 

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Proverbs 29: 11 – How To Deal With Anger Biblically

A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
But a wise man quietly holds it back.

(Proverbs 29:11 ESV)

The question of how to deal with anger in a biblical way is an important one. But it’s certainly not the cookie-cutter answer many of us have heard.

Have you ever had a moment where you said something in red-hot anger? Only to ask yourself moments later: “How could I say that?”

Sadly, I’ve had far too many of these moments. And today’s devotional verse calls me out as acting like a “fool” who let anger control my words and actions.

However, I don’t think the heart of this passage is to simply suppress anger or other negative emotions. It’s not about pretending like anger isn’t there.

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Genesis 15:17–18a – The God Who Made A Covenant With His Life

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land…”

(Genesis 15:17–18a)

In the dead of night, while Abram lay somewhere between waking and dreaming, God made a promise that changed the course of history. But promise is too light a word… It doesn’t carry the weight that it does in this event.

In today’s verse, God made a covenant with Abram that showed him how deadly serious he was about making good on his word.

Here’s what was going on.

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