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
Application to life:
We know that by reading Jeremiah that there are plans for our lives. We can see that God has plans that will bless us and to give us hope. It is very important to see that he means for us to prosper here. Nothing that is done by God is meant to harm us and to leave us without hope. God has unconditional love for us as his children and wants more for us than we as parents could want for our own children.
What are the plans that God has? Jesus told us that no one knows except for God and that is okay. I don’t know about you, but knowing something in advance tends to get me anxious. Of course, it depends on what it is but imagine knowing everything before it happened. What is there to hope for? By always looking towards the future we forget about the present. Now we are supposed to plan and be structured, but, everything has a process including our path.
A Worshipper’s Word:
A very personal moment for me was when I was getting divorced from my first marriage. Jeremiah 29:11 was what kept me going, not because I felt that it took away all the bad I had done or gave me an excuse to do something that was not right, but it gave me hope that even though I messed up God knew where I was going.
By messing up we are not destroying God’s plans for us. He knows things about us that we ourselves do not understand. This verse is simply a reminder that he has our best interests at heart. God knows when we are truly sorry and when we “think” we are sorry. We do not need to know our plans we need to know and trust our creator. I’m so appreciative of the moment I handed my life to Christ because by doing so I can say that the Lord has truly prospered me and not harmed me. He has given me hope and a future and I know that he will continue to do so.