Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Holy Plans: Excerpt from Soul Cries devotional Jeremiah 1:5

Excerpt from Soul Cries devotional: copyright Regan 2012
*2013 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist*

Jeremiah 1:5 (The Message)

Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you…

In this passage, God is speaking to Jeremiah about his identity and destiny in Him. He tells Jeremiah that he has been known by God before he was even shaped in the womb. There was a holy plan over his life; he was called to be a prophet to the children of Israel. I believe that God’s delight is the relationship He has with His creation. I believe He knows us intimately and individually, and that He speaks identity and destiny over each one of us. I do not think that anyone is here by chance, but rather by design.

Look at each of your children. God sees them and knows them. He speaks identity and significance over their lives. They are created to impact their world for good, and to partner with God to bring about brilliance and wonder. They are created to hear His voice and respond. They are called and sent. God has holy plans for each of them. Can you hear God’s heartbeat over your children? Rejoice! They are called to change the world.

1. If you see your children struggling, you may feel concern about their future and their role in the world. Ask God to enlighten your heart about their God-given identity and destiny. They are called to fulfill a great purpose in God.

2. Have you heard God speak over your life? What is your identity and destiny? What is His holy plan for you?