Posted by: missionventureministries | June 17, 2012

THE PLANS GOD HAS FOR US – 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.” – Jeremiah 29:11

This verse tells us that God knows us and that He has good plans for us; that He is sovereignly directing our lives. His words remind us that God hears our prayers and invites us to seek Him and know Him. During times of uncertainty, this promise is deeply comforting. We cannot see the future, but this verse gives us encouragement and promises that God has a future and hope for each one of us.

God’s plan isn’t always what we thought it was going to be. But God’s plan is always best even if we don’t understand it at the time. We know though, that in all things, God works together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) We know that when God shuts a door, he opens another. We know that God is working through every event in our lives to make us more and more dependent on Him for everything we need. We need to realize that God’s plan is not always the easiest in our eyes, but it is always the best.

God sees our tomorrows before they become our ‘todays.’ He sees the beginning of our life and He sees the end, and He sees everything in between. Psalm 139:16 says “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God knows the plans He has for us.

Jeremiah says that God has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” For the Jewish people, that meant going back to the Promised Land, for the Christian it means going to be with Him for eternity.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a hope and a future that goes far beyond the parameters of this life. You have a hope and a future where you will be living in eternity with God. You have the hope that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) And then those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and made Him the Lord of their lives will reign with Christ forever! What a great hope we have in God’s promises!

God reassured His people: “The days are coming, when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,’ says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 30:3) After the Babylonian captivity, the Medes and the Persians conquered the kingdom of Babylon and the Jews were allowed to go back home, because the word of the Lord always comes true.

Following verse 29:11, Jeremiah continues and gives us another beautiful promise from the word of God: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

The Lord knows the plans He has for us and He is patiently waiting for us to come to Him. So how do we do that? We PRAY. Our prayer life, worship habits and personal devotion, are of key importance in every Christian’s life because battles are won in prayer, sin is conquered in prayer, discouragement is defeated in prayer, self is abase in prayer and God is exalted in prayer.

When God is exalted, He will speak to us through the Holy Spirit who is going to be our motivating force. Even when we fail in some of our human efforts, we should not give up and trust in Him to be our Strength. Let’s keep our eyes upon Him and not on the world, and we will be blessed.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

 

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