Faith Not fear

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. I will let you find me says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. Jeremiah 29: 11-14 (NRSV)

"Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NRSV)

Eleanor L. Colvin is from Texas. Making decisions can be tough - especially life-altering ones. When Eleanor chose her college, she made the safest decision possible. Friends, finances, and proximity to family were her considerations, all of which were designed to help her play things safe. Twenty years later, when she was choosing a seminary, those same concerns emerged. Then, she heard this question: What decision will require you to trust God the most?

Walking by faith and not by sight is seldom easy. Security seems to be one of our most basic priorities. If only we understood that we can never secure our lives and futures on our own! Imagine what would happen if we trusted God's words from Jeremiah 29:11: "I know the plans I have for you... plans to give you hope and a future."

God's love for us is truly greater than our fears and insecurities. Every day we get new opportunities to make decisions not rooted in our fears but grounded in God's love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, you know the plans you have for us. We ask you to move us toward them in faithful confidence, in Jesus' name, amen.

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