My teenage daughter has a picture on her wall about Jeremiah 29:11,which says
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope
I read too regularly about young people who feel they have no hope in this life – so much so that they take their own life. The other day I learnt on BBC News that dark, gloomy messages glorifying self-harm and suicide are easily available on Instagram and once a person has clicked on one it creates an algorithm so the person is bombarded with more of the same messages.
How about we bombard our friends and those on our social media feeds with the powerful Word of God?
You have a hope and a future. Jesus died on the cross and took all His sin upon Himself so you could have a hope and a future – in this life and in Eternity.
You are significant. If you were the only person on the Earth God would still have sent His Son, Jesus, to die for you.
You are created in the image of God and are dearly loved.
No amount of heartache, financial difficulty, loss of friendships, abusive relationships etc. can destroy you if you listen to the One who created you, who has a purpose for you and a plan only you can fulfill.
Jesus experienced rejection – He understands. But He wants to comfort you and help you.
Please, please don’t deprive the world of your presence, your life, your contribution.
You are worth more than that.
Exam season is fast approaching, so I thought I would share a few Scriptures to help calm those nerves
It’s a very anxious time, students can feel overwhelmed, but can I just let you know that God is still in control and here are some Scriptures to help you.
1 Peter 5:7 “…casting all your care on Him, for He cares about you”
God cares about your wellbeing. You can entrust all your concerns and worries to Him.
Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Your future is in the hands of God, not in the hands of any exam board!
God’s plan for you encompasses all aspects of your life. His plan for your future is not going to be hijacked because you couldn’t answer one question on an exam paper. God’s thoughts toward you are only good.
One of my other roles is that of GCSE examiner. I mark French examinations, so I know from personal experience that the examiners are not trying to catch you out – they are looking for what you know and what you can do. You have learned a lot over your years of study. You have retained more than you think.
God has said in His Word: ” I will never leave you nor forsake you, so we may boldly say “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5,6)
What’s the worst that could happen? You might fail? You can retake the exam if necessary. Furthermore, you might not fail, you might do better than expected! What can man do to you? You aren’t going to be put to death for failing an exam.
If you think you can’t do this, the Bible says , ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13″ Ask God to help you.
You are not defined by the grades you get, you are defined by who God says you are.
You are His creation.
You are loved by God.
You are a person with a purpose.
You are not forsaken.
You are not alone.
Proverbs 14:23 says ” All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
If you have worked hard, God will grant you success.
If you haven’t worked hard, you still have a bit of time left to do some more revision. Use your time wisely!
But, having done all you can, the only thing left is to trust.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
God will perfect that which concerns you.
There are a lot of changes afield in education. Examinations are changing – many which had a large component of coursework are now 100% exam, also the way schools are run are changing.
In particular, my child’s secondary school is becoming part of a multi-academy trust, and a new Church school is being created in our town.
Change can be a good thing, similarly it can be a bad thing. People often become unsettled when thinking about change.
However, when thinking about this I am reminded that God holds the destiny and purpose of my children in His hands. He is not on the throne panicking because things have changed in education. God knows the end from the beginning. He knew about all of these things when my daughter started attending secondary school, in fact even before she was born, and His purpose is not going to be thwarted because of these changes.
God knows the plan He has for my children , and nothing will stop Him from accomplishing that purpose in their lives.
Relax! You can trust Him. He is still on the throne and His purpose will not change.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)