Here’s the verse of the day: “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ” I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve” -Jeremiah 17:9-10
“I know the plans I have for you, ‘ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
I don’t know about you but I’ve heard this verse sooo many times. Now that’s not a bad thing. It’s an encouraging verse, which is why people use it so much. A few nights ago when I was making a facebook page for our youth group I sent out a mass text to the counselers about a verse to use. Well, Jeremiah 29:11 was one of the suggested verses. (just a note we ended up using 1 Timothy 4:12, really good passage of scripture) Once I saw it my intial reaction was, “Oh I don’t want to use that. Everyone uses that, it’s over used.” That was the inspiration for this post. Can a scripture be over used? (bear with me, I’m literally writing this down as it comes into my head)
I think Yes and No. I think it can be overused as a quotation or by people for people things (like encouraging words of the day or quotes or someone’s ‘personal’ scripture). But if when it’s used to glorify God, then it never gets old or over used. Now, that makes me wonder is it glorifying God when you use it as people things. Anything, except sin, can be used to glorify God. So, if you post scripture on facebook to make everyone think you’re a Christian can that still glorify his name? That’s for selfish purposes, but to say God can’t use bad things for his plan is to sell God short. I’m getting more questions than answers the deeper I dive into this.
What do you think? I would love your input, not because I want it to look like I have a bunch of readers but just because I would honestly like to answer this question. Please comment below if you have an answer. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org