Holding Your Plans Loosely
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)
This week has been a week of surprises and canceled plans due to extreme cold weather in central Texas. Whatever you were planning to do this past week got canceled or re-arranged. I once heard it said, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.” This week has been incredibly true of that. No matter what you were planning or what you thought your week was going to look like, nothing went according to plan. It’s good to know that while God is in control of everything and all things happen according to the sovereign will of God, when it comes to God’s people, everything he does is for us. While Jeremiah 29:11 was originally written to the Israelites living in exile in Babylon, the same can be said of God's people today. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It is always a good thing to make plans so that we have a map of where we are going in life and where we are trying to get to, but we must always hold those plans in loose fingers recognizing that God may redirect us or our lives at any moment. When we cling too closely to our plans, place our hope too strongly in our vision of the future, when we believe our plans are written in stone, we set ourselves up for radical disappointment when things turn out differently. We can also begin to question the goodness of God when we think we know what is best for our future or when we think God is simply being cruel or arbitrary. But if you are a child of God, if you have placed saving faith in Christ and are trusting in him alone for your salvation, even when our lives do not turn out or are not turning out the way we had hoped or thought, know that God’s plans for you are always for your good and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.
2/22/2021 08:58:33 am
My favorite verse of all time since highschool years. I would never have guessed ever, that Bob would leave me after almost 30 years of marriage and now here I am starting over and totally lost and searching for a path forward, with no work experience and knowing I won’t make my monthly bills on a 12$ an hour job. I have not lost hope, however, or faith In the God who has always been my provider. Thanks for your post, Hexon. Prayers for you and Terri and your family this week!
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