A Preview of 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

God has a plan for your life. He has some objectives for you. Knowing that, it’s easy to get stuck in the bottomless vortex of questions like: Who am I supposed to marry? Where am I going to live? What am I going to do for work? Yet God’s plans for you are not so much about those specifics as they are about developing your character. God knows that if He can get wisdom and righteousness into you, everything else will sort itself out.

God always has plans for the “welfare” and “future” of those who are His. He always has plans to give His children “hope.” Even in the middle of sad and sobering words of judgment, God poured out His heart for His people through the prophet Jeremiah. He pointed them (and us) toward relationship—the circumstances He allows are designed to cause us to “call upon” Him. We’re always able to respond, seek, and find Him because He wants us to respond, seek, and find Him!

When God says, “I know the plans I have for you,” His words are a great comfort. But wouldn’t you also love to get a look at those plans? The tension isn’t, “Does God know?” The tension is, “I want to know!” Although God understands our tension, He doesn’t feel it at all. He never apologizes for saying I know, but I’m not going to let you know—until later.

He does give us hints, however. God gives us some general categories that describe His plans. First of all, they are plans for your “welfare.” The Hebrew word is shalom, meaning “the complete state of well-being; fulfillment; prosperity; peace.” As God looks down the telescope of time, His plans are for your total well-being.

His plans for you are “not for evil.” People who are determined to prove they can live at cross-purposes with God’s plans will pay a price for their experiment. God’s plans take us away from evil; our plans tend to take us smack into the middle of it!

God’s plan is also designed “to give you a future and a hope,” both immediately and eternally. The biblical definition of “hope” is a “confident expectation of something better tomorrow.” God will never have a problem delivering when your anticipation is based on His promises! It doesn’t matter what has happened, better things are coming. That is your real and living hope!

Journal

  • What have you learned about God’s good plans for you based on the past year?
  • How would you describe the hope you have in Christ?

Pray

Father, what a delight to realize You have good plans for me. However I may feel and whatever I may face today, I can anticipate that You are working for good in all of it. So I’m going to do just that—step forward in faith no in my current circumstances, trusting You in all things and seeking to cooperate fully with Your plans for me. I know I can’t imagine all the good You have planned for my life, but I also know it’s all coming in Jesus’ name, so I can say, amen!

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.