Jeremiah was writing to discouraged elders of Israel in exile under a pagan king and he says to them, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11). It really doesn’t matter what our circumstances or what period of human history we live in, God’s plans are in place and will never change. Our problem is that we allow circumstances to diminish our view of who God is and His Word, which means that we turn our attention away from the Author and Finisher of our faith to much lesser thinking, weakened faith and unbelieving actions.
I love the admonition of Hebrew 12:12; “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13). This section continues in verse 15 to say, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God.” If we miss receiving the grace in God in any circumstance we go through, we will miss the luster, freshness and power of the Lord’s presence and become unfit to impact the lives of others who are in need.