Jeremiah 29:11 “For 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.”
When I first started playing chess, I would defend my pawns as violently as I would my bishops, rooks, knights, queen and king. I played it too much like checkers. That was a bad strategy that will never win.
Playing chess may give you the idea that our lives, as God’s pawns, are worthless compared to God accomplishing His win and fulfilling His purpose. However, a chess game is not how our God runs His Kingdom.
God does the Kingdom work so that the pawns are valued, protected and will share in the win while still on the board. In other words, He never loses a pawn.
John 3:16 is not a verse about how God is trying to save the planet from the evil dictator, Satan. It is about how God loves you personally, enough to send His only begotten Son to save you.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.
We forget about this picture of God, who is madly in love with you and sings over you. He is a Loving Shepherd that cares to calm your fears, troubles and concerns.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7.
That He may exalt you? Relieving you of your anxieties? Simply because He cares for you?
Yes, God really love you, personally and individually. Enjoy His peace as He sings over you, if you are indeed one of His. If not, believe in Jesus and call upon Him to save you. Then you will know His love and hear His song.
“But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:8-10.
Please let me know if you call upon Jesus for the first time. Thank you.