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.
As I drove to work today I was listening to a Christian radio station. A song was on, and one sentence of the lyrics went something like this, “He is for you.” Then I thought, ‘Really?’ I mean is God really for us? Or is God for God and His kingdom? Well truth be told, God is about God and His kingdom. Now this doesn’t mean He won’t give us the desires of our heart. This does mean that if the desires of our hearts are not a part of His plans, then NO. Of course, we all know we can ask God enough or assert our own authority and take what God doesn’t want us to have. We’ve learned the hard way, that is a wrong way. You know the saying, “be careful of what you ask for, you might get it.” Still, it nagged at me, “Is God for me?”
Then todays verse came to me. “For I know the plans I have for you.”
The plans for us are His. They are not ours, they are His. He knows the plans, we don’t. As God spoke these words to the people of Israel, they are going into captivity. Those are His plans for them. How can captivity be God’s plan? How can this illness be God’s plan? How can this tragedy be God’s plan? How can any, and all disappointments be God’s plan? The answer is found in this: How was the Cross for Jesus a part of God’s plans?
The plan is of God, when it is to show His love and glory to others. God will use us, if we are willing, to lead others to Him. This doesn’t mean that we are always happy about what God plans. Especially when the plan is a disappointment. We can, however, rest in the assurance that what occurred is still His plan.
Now what about the other half of today’s verse? How can captivity bring about prosperity, and what future is in it?
- God will hear our prayers and listen to them
- We will seek God with all our hearts and He will be found by us
- We will build houses
- We will settle down
- We will marry
- We will have children
We will continue to live, but not just live, we will thrive as we live, and the disappointment will never overtake us!
Not once will God allow anything to overtake you. It may alter your life, and your idea of life, but it will not overtake you. God expects you to live, and thrive where you live, regardless of what you are living.
Some days are harder, some are sadder, some just shatter your heart. All are a part of His plan. None can take you over. They can and will knock you down, or even feel like it knocks the stuffing out of you. We always get back up. That is God in us.
We can be scrappy, God loves scrappy, God loves us. He knows the world is fallen and there is a natural evil that occurs. None of that will interfere with His plans. He will work with, and around what happens. Even if we rebel and go opposite of what He wants, He has a plan. What we need to do is learn to absorb what happens. Let it have its time to sink in. As it sinks, stay in prayer with God and let Him help you accept the good with the bad. Ask Him to help you stay open to the new plans. God is so faithful. God loves us and it is always His desire to give to us His good plan. Not always what is good for us. Good for His purpose, for His kingdom. Let that be what is well with your soul, and you will overcome disappointment.