We are discussing here During the high school graduation season I preached this sermon about hope for the longer term to the scholars. it’s supported Jeremiah 29:11-13.
For I do know the plans I even have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to offer you hope and a future. Then you’ll call upon me and are available and pray to me, and that I will hear you. you’ll seek me and find me once you seek me with all of your heart.
This passage was written by the prophet Jeremiah approximately 600 years BC. The prophet Jeremiah was serving the Lord at a time of great difficulty. the state was close to disintegrating. Jeremiah’s situation wasn’t that much different than our own. Jeremiah was watching his nation undergo tremendous economic decline. Our children are entering adulthood at a time during which jobs are scarce and taxes are on the increase. Jeremiah witnessed an excellent falling faraway from faith. We are seeing an equivalent thing happen in America. On April 29, 2010, the USA Today newspaper reported that a recent survey of 18-29-year-olds discovered:
• 65% rarely or never attend worship services.
Many children today feel an equivalent way
God spoke to Jeremiah and reminded him that God had big plans for Jeremiah. God’s plan was to prosper Jeremiah, to not harm him. Though Jeremiah went through some very difficult times and that they sure felt harmful sometimes, God used those experiences to show others many goodies. 2600 years later, we are still learning goodies from Jeremiah’s difficulties! we frequently undergo difficult times in our own lives. sometimes we wonder how those difficult things will compute, but we must remember that God never stops working behind the scenes to show difficult situations into positive life lessons. we’ve to trust God and await His timing.
God’s plan includes hope. With all the negativity around us, it’s easy to lose our hope. We must keep that specialize in the Lord and therefore the good He has already wiped out our lives, also because the good He continues to try to in our lives so as to ascertain hope for the longer term. We also got to surround ourselves with hope-filled people!
Hope for the Future
God’s plan focuses on the longer term. Sometimes we feel frustrated when things don’t happen the way we had hoped. Sometimes we specialize in the mistakes or difficulties of the past. it’s okay to recollect the thrill and therefore the life lessons of the past, but we must learn to release the pain of the past so as to possess hope for the longer term. We must learn to seem beyond our frustrations and find hope in every situation. We must look to the longer term and walk forward boldly trusting God to guide us along the way.
Verse 12 – Then you’ll call upon me and are available and pray to me, and that I will hear you.
One way we discover hope in difficult times is to call upon the Lord. once we ask the Lord, He takes away the frustration, fear, anxiety, anger, stress, and other negative emotions and replaces them with hope. Prayer can make a true difference in our lives if we practice it regularly. Statistics show that:
Receive the continued prayer support
• people that pray regularly have lower depression and suicide rates.
• people that pray regularly are 40% less likely to possess high vital signs.
• Elderly women who pray regularly and had hip-fracture surgery were ready to walk greater distances once they left the hospital than those that weren’t as religious.
• during a study of 393 coronary heart condition patients with similar symptoms where half the patients were prayed for regularly, while the opposite half weren’t, those prayed for regularly required less ventilation/intubation, needed fewer drugs and contracted pneumonia but those that weren’t prayed for. Hope for the Future.
Sometimes we may wonder if God really hears our prayers. This verse reminds us that once we call upon the Lord in prayer, God does hear us. God doesn’t just listen, God answers! God answers prayer through the Bible, the church, circumstances, and through the Holy Ghost. We must learn to concentrate on His voice.
Verse 13 – you’ll seek me and find me once you seek me with all of your heart.