Three weeks before I graduated from high school, the gifts began pouring in. I got a wad of cash, which elated me, and also a pile of presents I wasn’t sure what to do with. Titus 3:14 (NIV) Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. Author and blogger Mary DeMuth addresses our misunderstanding of this verse in her latest trending post, Jeremiah 29:11 Doesn’t Mean What You Think As she explains, the heart of the verse is not that we would escape our lot, but that we would learn to thrive” in the midst of it.
Titus 3:14 (NIV) Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. It’s not that I see the Bible as only historical and not supernatural, it’s that I am trying to show how we are to receive the Bible on its terms, not on ours. This verse kept echoing throughout my head and i couldn’t find which book it was from. This of course doesn’t only apply to Jeremiah 29:11, it applies to every word of the Bible. Do a search for the words great commission” and you will not find them in any bible. I know you have big plans for me. Give me the wisdom to seek you first in everything.
Accepting God’s plans for our lives means embracing Him as the sovereign God of this universe. On the other hand, I can relate to anyone who clings to this verse, it was once my life verse too. Ps 90:10 (NIV) The length of our days is seventy years-or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. It begins with context, something Western readers often ignore when reading scripture (or they assume that the context from which the author writes is similar to their own). Titus 3:14 (NIV) Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
This is my fourth year of writing bible verses every small business owner needs, and I wanted the bible verses that so many of you have shared with me in the comments section of this blog over the last few years. This is the context of the wonderful promises: ‘For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This is such a good and balanced perspective of God’s plans and how sometimes pain is part of the plan, but ultimately everything He does is for our good. Typically people are holding on to it for a sense of hope that God is for them and is in control, two concepts that are biblical, based on other parts of the Bible.
Just claim Jeremiah 29:11.” Unless of course, I also admit that these plans for prospering me might include slavery, exile, and the untimely gouging of my eyes after witnessing the death of my family. Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. The Bible never said that we will never experience sadness again after we surrender our lives to God and place Him as Lord and Master of everything.
As a side note, the people in Jeremiah’s day wouldn’t have been walking around quoting this verse or stitching it on pillows and snuggies, because the plans to prosper them in the way that the Lord is talking about weren’t going to come for another 70 years. Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
In Eastern Orthodoxy, Christians read and interpret the Bible through the mind of the Church.” The kind of confusion on display here is only possible when people abandon Apostolic Tradition. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God’s Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. God will prosper us…God will fill up our account…God will come through for us with a brand spankin’ new house.
I liked it so much I even bought my wife a purse with that verse stitched onto it. So I can understand the draw and I can even understand the reasoning I have seen and heard. But the verse can also stand for much more dangerous meanings for some who cling to it as a life verse. Along the road, you will be tested, stretched and stressed and these words from the bible will give you needed encouragement.
I write this blog to Bible teachers who are leading many away from God with man’s word in your honest-to-goodness attempt to lead them toward Him with his. I believe verse four to make it clear: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, whom I have sent into the exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” After this God gives them some instructions of how to carry themselves throughout this captivity. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
While I won’t try to address the entire topic, the exposition of this verse will show clearly the direction we should take on understanding such verses. Your stockbroker or financial adviser might have plans for you too, but they do not know the future, they may try to plan for a secure future but they do not have the ability to bring it about. It is God’s will for us to prosper financially, to be in health, and for our souls to prosper (3 John 2). This is the three-part blessing of being obedient to His will and commands. My granddaughter learned this verse at a very yoing age and would always ask me to read it too her.
God has very specific plans and if I get those wrong then the rest of my life will be spent in joyless wandering as I work to get back on the right path. Thankyou Liz, this verse is one of my favorites for many reasons……but it became more precious when I think about it in context, how gracious our Father is to watch over His captives …..and lead us back to Himself! Always remember that God has already prepared a place for you to succeed and to learn.
Even if you’d never picked up a Bible before and you opened it to Jeremiah 29:11, the first thing you should do is read the verses immediately before it and after it. Father, I am so glad that You know the plans You have for me. I am so thankful that Your plans are to prosper me and to give me a hope and a future. If a verse is a difficult to understand, sometimes it can be helpful to look the verse up in a different version of the Bible.
He wants you to ‘delight’ in Him, ie. to seek Him and to love Him and spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study. This is my fourth year of writing Bible verses every small business owner needs, and I wanted the Bible verses that so many of you have shared with me in the comments section of this blog over the last few years. I know that You have plans to prosper me and not to harm me. I need not fear and I need not despair for you are in control of my life. It is always a reminder to me that I am protected and nothing God has allowed will harm me!
The point here is that if we seek the Lord above all else and with our whole heart, He will then and only then bless and prosper us. This is our reward for serving Him and diligently seeking Him. With trembling hands and a knot in my stomach, here’s the verse we’ve all been waiting for (gulp), accompanied by photos of the heavenly skies above to remind us that with God, the news is always good.