Secure Hope

“For you 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

A few short months ago, just days before Momentum in Orlando, I learned that my 14-year position as a Program Director in Nashville was ending.

Heavy on my mind were several questions…. about my income, my retirement savings, my healthcare.  Was this it for me and my role in Christian music broadcasting?

I’ll never forget what came very soon after Momentum.  I had the opportunity to spend a few days with some men on a five-day Rocky Mountains retreat.  We each brought along our own devotional studies.  I found a short hard cover book from Charles Stanley about hearing the voice of God. What a great reminder about God’s plans for my hope and my future!

I’ve had my share of life events, beginning with the death of my dad when I was just 17.  I’ve been through divorce and I’ve been fired from several radio jobs and I’ve lost my share of money in my 401k investments.

I admit it, my hope has been shaken more than once and I have drifted from time to time in acknowledgement of the plans that God has for me.

Dr. Stanley pointed out in his book that part of hearing God, is taking note of the events of your life.  Those events don’t define you, but they do help show you what God has provided for you and they remind you  that there is a “next” coming for you. Those things will define your future.

As I look back and forward I believe that God’s faithfulness has secured my hope.

I’m confident that every day, He unveils another part of His plan for each of us. It may be confirmation of what you are doing right now, or it may reveal that He has something “next” for you.

If you’ll allow Him, his promise will bring hope to you. He loves you so much that He has designed a purpose that is perfect for your life.

(By the way, He’s given me another great assignment. Since November, I’ve been the interim PD for Strong Tower Christian Media in Xenia, Ohio. I get to help plant seeds for what is going to be an incredible harvest! But that is a story for another day.)

Vance Dillard
Program Director
Strong Tower Christian Media
CMB Board Member & Gold Member


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