Devotions By Jan

Wishful Thinking

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2014-05-07 14.04.18Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 29:11 “‘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.'”

How can one visit Rome without seeing the famous Trevi Fountain?  Sculpted in 1762, it was built as an outlet for an ancient aqueduct.  This Baroque fountain with its figure of Neptune is touted to be the largest and most famous fountain.  And yes, I did the tourist thing.  Like so many others, I threw a coin in with my right hand over my left shoulder!  The original tradition involved drinking the fountain water to insure good fortune and a return to Rome.  But today it is coin tossing that is said to guarantee a return.  Since the 1954 film, “Three Coins in a Fountain” one coin does not suffice.  Now it is expected to throw in that second coin to get me a new and exciting romance, and a third coin to lead to marriage. But I couldn’t get my husband to hand me more than one coin!!

Our verse for today speaks of hope.  Hope in Scripture is not just wishful thinking.  That is because the object of our hope is something sure.  We are to hope in His Word (Psalm 130:5) as well as His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).  Hope like that does not disappoint.  But hope in anything else has the potential to disappoint.

The Lord has plans for me.  He has my future in His powerful and loving hands.  He promises blessing for obedience.  I cannot possibly know what is ahead but with hope I am confident that it is all good.  It is amazing to me that He loves me enough to plan it all out.

Thank you Lord, that my hope is in You, and You never disappoint.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.

One thought on “Wishful Thinking

  1. You’ve described Christian hope very well, Jan.


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