What God Really Thinks About You
“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 (NIV)
This is a verse many of us love, because it is a promise that God is good and wants to be good towards us. It’s easy to believe that God has a good plan for our life when things are working out well, but it’s a little tougher when the path is difficult.
God will go to great lengths to squash a false gospel and repair a cracked foundation in our faith. He does this not out of anger but out of love. He knows we can miss Him completely if we misunderstand Him.
But He would not give up on us.
The original word in Hebrew is machashabah; a more literal translation is “thoughts.” God knows the thoughts He has toward me. And His thoughts toward me are good.
God’s machashabah — His thoughts — toward me are so much more than anything you could have ever imagined on your own. His thoughts towards you are the real constant, despite whatever circumstances you walk through. Instead of being so fixated on the plans for your life, realize you need to be more interested in knowing God’s thoughts towards you.
Your behavior does not determine my identity. Rather, anyone who calls on God is welcomed into the family and named a beloved son or daughter(John 1:12).
You are not an employee of God;
You are a child of God.
Your relationship with God isn’t dependent on performance. Rather, all our sins are forgiven and washed away in Jesus, who canceled all our debt and nailed it to the cross (Colossians 2:13-14).
You don’t have to try to make something happen. Rather, God is working in you to give you the desire and power to do what pleases Him(Philippians 2:13).
God knows everything about each one of us (Psalm 139:1), and we were each made in His image(Genesis 1:27). We don’t have to fear what God thinks about us because He always, always looks at us with love.
He brought you forth on the day you were born(Psalm 71:6), and His thoughts toward you are countless — like the grains of sand on the shore(Psalm 139:17-18).
You are really, truly, deeply loved by God.
Whatever you are going through, knowing that God’s thoughts toward you are always good should help you endure.
When we are secure in God’s love for us, when we know how He really feels about us, we are free to ask and tell Him anything. We can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
(Adapted From No More Faking Fine By Esther Fleece)
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your ever loving thoughts towards me. Help me to place the focus on you and not my plans. I receive mercy and grace to live secure and confident all the days of my life.