Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, thoughts of good and not of evil to give you a hope and a future.” (NKJV) When read this I think of Joesph, Ruth, and Esther. They all experienced extreme heartbreak, and hardship yet they trusted God and walked toward their destiny.
Joesph was sold into slavery due to his brothers envy of him. He was falsely accused of a crime and placed in jail for decades. But all this allowed him to handle the task that God had for him. By being humble and believing God had a purpose Joseph was released from prison and was put in charge of gathering and distributing food to the nation of Egypt. He was the most important person under pharaoh. He was reunited with his family and was able to forgive them. (Gen.46-50)
Ruth was a woman who served idol gods. After her husband’s death she clung to her mother-in-law Naomi. Naomi believed in God and Ruth vowed to follow her and serve her God. By giving up everything she knew and getting a new faith she was immensely blessed. She was remarried to Boaz a man of great wealth and was restored. (The book of Ruth)
Esther was an orphan who loved God. She studied about Him. One day she was kidnapped and taken to the king’s palace. The king requested that young women be brought to him so that he may find a new queen. There was a decree sent out to kill all the jews in the land. Esther knew she had to do something but what? She was chosen to be queen and risked her life to save her people. She succeeds in her effort and the person who issued the decree was killed. (The book of Esther)
There are more people in the Bible who left what they knew best to walk toward their God given destiny. And like them we must know “what was meant for evil God will turn around for our good.” Gen. 50 and also that “all things work together for the good of those who love God.” Rom.8:28
Press on! 🙂