I had bunches of fun researching and studying the meanings of words using the Bible, Webster’s dictionary, Bible study references, and Greek and Hebrew definitions.
I love finding new truths in Jeremiah 29:11.
“‘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’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).
“‘For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome’” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).
Some of the definitions are:
Plans = Thought, design, purpose, to determine. A series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
Prosper = Peace, safety, prosperity, well-being, intactness, wholeness. Peace can have a focus of security, safety which can bring feelings of satisfaction, well-being, and contentment
Hope = The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled. Expect with desire
God has a design. He knows the steps that need to be taken to carry out the ultimate goal for our lives. His plan is good, peaceful, safe, prosperous, leads to well-being, wholeness, and contentment. His plan is not evil, harmful or disastrous. His plan gives a desirous expectation in our final, future outcome.
Isn’t that neat? There are treasures just waiting to be found. Pray and ask for understanding, dive deeper with God and His word, and enjoy the amazing depths of His love.