“‘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).
God’s will for us is very mysterious; it unfolds little by little, day by day. Many details of our lives are left unknown—perhaps because if He were to show us a blueprint of our lives in their entirety, our limited minds and faint hearts would not comprehend how we would possibly survive it all. This verse has been misused many times because people believe it implies that nothing bad will ever happen to us. That, my friends, is not the case. With God by our side, we will experience the mountaintops, but we will also experience some dark valleys.
Unfortunately, when we encounter those dark valleys that don’t make sense, we become stubborn, taking matters into our own hands by making our own plans, believing we know what’s best. When we do this, however, it causes us to forget that God already has pre-made plans for us to get through those dark valleys safely onto the mountaintops. He had plans for each of us even before the foundation of the earth, even before we were a thought in our mother’s heart, and before we were carefully knit in her womb. The Bible says that God foreknew and predestined us (see Romans 8:29), and although His will does not always make sense to our temporal mindset, we must remember that God sees the end from the beginning. Anything He allows into our lives is for our good and His glory.
John 10:27 says: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me’’ (NIV). This verse is so beautiful because it clearly shows our relationship with the Father before He placed us on this earth. Meditate on this verse and this thought for a moment: When He spoke, you turned to Him because you knew Him (past tense), which means you had intimacy with Him beforehand. And because you already knew Him, you followed Him. People don’t usually turn to listen to a voice that doesn’t sound familiar to them, and people definitely don’t follow someone whom they don’t recognize. This verse has brought comfort to my heart so many times. It reminds me that because He knows me, He has made plans for me, and those plans are to prosper me, give me hope, and give me a future.
On this day, my sisters, are your ways His ways? Are your plans His plans? Or do you live in doubt of His Word? I encourage every reader today to take a bold step of faith to surrender your self-generated agendas at the foot of the throne and take up your God-generated agendas. Believe that He will never leave you nor forsake you, even when things just don’t make sense. So, the next time you have more questions than answers, the next time you are struggling and desperately need a way out, remember to run to His Word and seek His ways—His plans are always good because He is always good.
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your promises over my life. Help me to always remember that Your ways are much higher than my ways, and Your thoughts are much higher than my thoughts. Help me exercise and stretch my faith as I daily rely on Your plans for me. I know that all things work for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. In the name of Your precious Son I pray. Amen!