God has a plan, plans for our welfare and not for harm, to give us a future with hope. There are times when we find that hard to believe, yet we must if we are to keep despair at bay during our darkest times - or even when we are watching the evening news.
It can be hard to live in the present moment knowing that all is well without knowing on some deep level that “all shall be well” because God does have plans for our welfare and not for harm, that God has given us a promise of a future with hope.
It can be hard to get through our daily struggles and concerns without this faith. We have to claim these promises and so many more that God has made to us and that can be found throughout Scripture. We need to not only read Scripture and meditate on it, but also claim it, putting our name or the name of our loved ones in the Scripture and praying it personally while giving thanks that these promises have already been fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
So please pray today's reading as if God is speaking to you personally, which I believe to be true, and claim it. Make room in your heart by letting these promises clear out the darkness, despair, doubt and fear that can too easily fill it instead. “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.”