Jeremiah 29:11 is a popular and well known Christian verse, it's a word of encouragement given to Israel who are currently in exile. Though sometimes we miss the wider context and limit our understanding of what is being said.
When the 'storms of life' come, it can seem like everything is crashing around us, we feel swamped and helpless. We can take our eyes of Jesus and focus on the waves. Things feel like they are too much for us to handle and we panic. God however, does not panic. God does not think 'oh no, a storm, whatever shall I do?' God is calm.
It occurs to me that I was not made to live a normal life where I make money to make ends meat, and just get by happily. A Christian is made in Christ Jesus to do good works. Now what those good works are will vary from person to person, but I am sure that staying inside, moping and playing too many video games is not the good works I have been called to do.
"when you pray, say..." (Luke 11:2a). It seems common amongst all but one prayer in the bible (If I am mistaken please correct me) that prayer is spoken. Is this significant?
I don't know for certain what will happen in the future. There are some things however that I do know about the future. Firstly, that God will be with me (Hebrews 13:5), whether I am rich or poor, he will be with me. Secondly, God will still love me (Romans 8:39-39), his love never changes: he won't love me any more or any less, he loves me right now as much as he ever will.
Do we trust that so long as we seek the kingdom everything else will fall into place? or do we (and I know I do) fall back on our own plans and understanding of what we should seek and when. I hope I can learn to trust that focusing on him is always the way forwards.
Sin sometimes seems like the safest, more fun, or preferred route. The truth is that even if we don't suffer the consequences others may. If a person robs another person, the person being robbed is not the guilty party, but they still suffer as a result of the robber's sin.
I need to put my pride aside and ask for help when I need it, and I'm sure I can't be the only one who struggles with this. God has equipped his church to serve, and serving is an honour. Let us serve, but also as the disciples had to let Jesus wash their feet, learn to be served also. This is a hard lesson, but a very important one. Jesus thought you were worth dying for, and you are definitely worth helping.
God never changes and isn't a different God for everyone, but he does reveal different parts of his character to us at different times. We will go our whole live without ever coming to know him fully as we see only in part (1 Corinthians 13:12).
A Christian is human, this is true. 100% all Christians that have ever lived have been human. However is a christian only human?