“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’.”
– Jer 29.11
If you are a Christian, if you have ever been around Christians, or if you have ever seen any Christian paraphernalia, chances are high that you have seen, heard or have memorized this verse. This is a promise of God; a direct quote from His mouth (to the people of Israel, while in captivity to Babylon, but generally applied to God’s goodness and intention for His people).
Yes, it is true. God has a perfect plan for your life. He is sovereign, He is in control, and He will work everything out for your good and His glory (Rom 8.28). However, often times that does not look how we think it will look. I saw this cartoon online and it was too perfect not to share:
His will is our sanctification, that we be more like Jesus (1 Thess 4.3). God wants to prosper our Spirits in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5.22-23). He does not necessarily want to prosper our bank accounts. Our good might be the trials of this life that cause us to persevere, and praise God because perseverance produces “proven character; and proven character, hope” (Rom 5.4).
Think on that today. As our traditional day of giving thanks as a nation rapidly approaches, let us rethink those things for which we give thanks, those things about which we complain, and those things which we overlook. Because God is working all of those things for His glory and our good. Our hope, Christian, is Jesus. Our future is eternity. Keep your eyes on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12.1-2).