God’s promise of shalom in a crisis

Shalom

“Shalom” in Hebrew

Jeremiah 29:11 ranks high on the list of favorite Old Testament scriptures. As much as we love it, do we really understand how much it promises? “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)

“Prosper” translates the Hebrew word shalom, a word (a noun, by the way) so rich it has no good English equivalent. It usually appears in English translations as “peace.” In fact, many English translations of Jeremiah 29:11 say, “plans for peace” or something similar.… Read the rest

Afraid to ask uncomfortable questions?

People sometimes choose not to ask questions out of fear. The answer may be something we’d rather not know and certainly don’t want anyone else to know: yes your child is on drugs, or your spouse is unfaithful. It may mean the closing of a door: yes, you have cancer or some other serious health problem. It may require accepting responsibility for something bad that has happened to us.

If the truth sets us free, then not asking can keep us in bondage. Certainly the longer we put off facing a problem, the more serious and difficult it will become. And sometimes, facing an uncomfortable truth can bring a revelation that leads to a blessing greater than the problem.… Read the rest