Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

June 26, 2021: A Beautiful Promise

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11, NKJV).

This is my favorite verse because of the promise God gives us. He promises that He is in control of our future and tells us that He has a good purpose for us, no matter what happens. God takes on a proactive role in this relationship. We may think we know what is good for us, but He knows what is best.

A good father won’t spoil or harm his child. He may allow his child’s character to grow through difficulties, but that is to develop a good and righteous person. That is how God is.

Whenever we are confused about why something has happened in our lives, let us remember the promise in this verse: God knows us, He is with us, He has a good purpose for us.

God, when I don’t know what tomorrow will hold, hold me close. My future is bright, as long as my life is in You. Amen.

Minming Liu is a member of the Capital Chinese church in Maryland.