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.

As parents, we set rules for our small children so that they can prosper and stay safe. We set these rules because we know more than our children. We know what’s beneficial and what can be dangerous, therefore, we don’t allow them to play with electric outlets, matches, and small things they can put in their mouths. Although our children may cry when we take that power cable away, we know we’re doing it for their good.

God, the Father of us all, is a good parent. The rules He set for our lives are so that we can prosper and stay safe. He’s not trying to be mean or limit the fun we have. He simply knows what’s beneficial and what can be dangerous for our lives. So, when He tells us not to have premarital sex, not to get drunk, or to love our enemies, He’s not trying be this harsh dictator. He simply knows what’s best for us.

God’s plan is to always prosper us so, the New Covenant commands He has for our lives, are to prosper and not harm us.