Thursday, April 7, 2016

God's Plans



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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV)

It's very easy when thinking about God's plan for our lives to have the attitude: "it's all about me." Yes, it's true that God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. In fact, Jesus said that even the hairs on our heads are numbered. We can also mistakenly think that God's plan is always going to be a "feel good" plan with the intent to make us happy. Jeremiah's message in these verses is actually radically different. He's writing to a group of people who were being held captive, and in exile from their homeland. He's writing to let them know that although they're no where they would have  expected, nor where they would have asked God to place them, God has not forgotten them and He still has plan for the lives. Even in the midst of a difficult situation, God wants them to know His plans.

God wants us to know, in the midst of difficult situations, He has a plan. He also wants us to know that as we submit to His plan that He desires to use us to bless the world around us. The key still remains during both good and difficult times: You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

How does God want you to be a blessing to others?

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