One of my favorite passages of Scripture has always been Jeremiah 29:11-13. As those verses read, God has a purpose and plan for every person and that should give each of us hope for our future. I firmly hold on to that truth, but I’ve recently discovered an unhealthy fixation on verse 11 and a tendency to overlook verses 12-13.
I was recently challenged in rereading these verses with what I believe is the heart of of the passage… spending time with God. God’s plans and purposes and the hope for our future begin and end with seeking Him.
Picture yourself camping in the woods on a cloudy night and your sole source of light is a Coleman lamp on a picnic table. The further you venture away from the lamp, the less you are able to see. If you intend to leave the campsite, the only way to know where you are going is to hang on to the light.
The future is dark and unknown and is only illuminated by staying close to the source of light and knowledge. God’s Word is described as a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
It’s not about the path… it’s about the light. To invest in your future, you must invest in the Word.
The 29plans daily guide is divided into four actions… Read, Listen, Pray, and Obey. Each is unique but united by the theme of the Scripture. It works like this:
- R = Read. The reading plan is chronological with no more than sixty verses per day. We concentrate on key chapters in the Old Testament including a weekly chapter in Psalms and Proverbs. The New Testament story is told in unique chronological fashion – reading the four gospels as ONE for a complete linear storyline (no repeat stories) and tying in the Epistles to Paul’s missionary journeys in Acts. Find out more…
- L = Listen. The suggested song is tied to the reading. We try to span a variety of genres and artists, both Indie and signed. Support the artist by buying the track, use Spotify/YouTube to listen to it, or just use your own song.
- P = Pray. There’s a suggested prayer focus related to the day’s theme. The prayer focus rotates between personal growth, the lost/hurting, friends, family, your world and your community in a weekly cycle.
- O = Obey. A suggested response to the day’s theme and reading. It rotates between journaling, a call to action, self reflection, and memorizing one verse a week.
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