“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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
A shoe manufacturer decided to open his business to the Congo market and sent a salesman to the underdeveloped country.
The salesman wrote, “Prospect here nil. No one wears shoes.”
The manufacturer wrote back, “Market potential terrific! Everyone is barefooted.”
At times, all we see is our faults and failures, and we convince ourselves the prospect of our spiritual success is nil.
Fortunately, we have a God who sees not only our past and present sins and mistakes; but He also sees our hopeful future, that one day we will be finally renewed and eternally with Him!
He has the ability to see the big picture and understand that our earthly struggles with our human nature will end once and for all when He returns for us. If we would keep that in the forefront of our mind, we might never lose hope.
We cannot let the enemy constantly remind us of our failures and convince us that our shortcomings define who we are.
Instead, we have to meditate on God’s Word, allowing Him to renew our hope that one day we will be like Him.
by David Jeremiah