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“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)

Jeremiah 29:11 is probably one of the more quoted scriptures when we think about God’s plans for our lives. As you read the first few scriptures of Genesis, it quickly becomes very clear that God is an intentional God. His plans and purposes are clear, His process – well, sometimes that is not so clear – our faith in Him covers that part. He operates intentionally – on purpose and deliberately.

At the beginning of each year, many of us start New Year’s Resolutions!  Sometimes they work for a few weeks or maybe a few months. Most of us seem to struggle to keep these resolutions, and there may be several reasons why we can’t seem to stay focused. One idea is found in Habakkuk 2:2-3 where it states to “write down the vision.” For example, you can set a reminder on your phone when it is time to pray, study the Word, or maybe just say “I love you, Lord.” For several years now, I have a scheduled reminder to pray at 10am and 3pm every day. Sometimes those prayers are simple, and sometimes they’re about something pressing. But each time with intentionality, I choose to pray. When we become intentional in our relationship with God, we will become more effective in our goals or what we can accomplish. Throughout the Bible you will find that God is intentional. Jesus was also very intentional when He was on earth. He had a plan, and He lived that plan perfectly. My challenge to all of us is to be intentional in our relationships with God, our families, our church, and our places of work. Give His love – intentionally.


Prayer: Father, I love you! You are an intentional God, and I want to be more like you, in every way possible. I recognize my shortcomings, and I ask you to help me be more intentional. I pray that I have the discipline needed to pray more, study your Word, fast, love my family, serve others, and be your disciple. Thank you, Father, for helping me be more intentional.

Darrell Snitker