For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Most of us are familiar with the above passage of scripture. My hubby and I spend a lot of time talking about our future. Our dreams, our goals and our purpose in life. Sometimes it seems that maybe we have a glimpse at the road ahead, but that is usually when something happens and God sends us in a different direction.
I actually looked up Jeremiah 29:11 in different translations this morning because I have always had a little trouble with this scripture and the word prosper.
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. The Message
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. The Amplified Bible
My husband being in the financial industry prosperity is linked with money and success and I just don't think that is the interpretation that God intended for this verse. I actually love both The Message and The Amplified Bible translations. Plans to take care of you, not abandon you, from The Message and plans for welfare and peace from The Amplified Bible both of these translations bring great comfort to me.
I know it isn't about prosperity like we view prosperity. It is about our final outcome. Our future hope of spending eternity with Him.
Today I am joining Emily at Chatting on the Sky for Tuesdays Unwrapped. On this Tuesday I am Unwrapping the gift of the Trust. I know that we will continue to talk about our plans and dreams. I know that we will continue to try to catch a glimpse of where God is leading us. However, my prayer today is that the path we choose to follow is His and not ours and I pray that we can always trust God's leading and not try to find our own way.