For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God has plans
Somewhere along this journey called life, we learn to anticipate the bad. The phone rings un-expectantly and we answer, Everything OK? And when excluded from a meeting at work we think it’s because we are the agenda. We are always anticipating the other shoe falling. Why? Because when two bad things happen consecutively, there will be a third because, bad always comes in threes.
We carry over this belief to God when we assume that bad things happen to us to teach us lessons. Jeremiah 29:11 says just the opposite. It says God is proclaiming that His plans for us are good and they offer us hope.
Hope changes the trajectory of our lives.
Hope carries us through even the darkest of times. In God’s world, the other shoe doesn’t fall and bad things don’t come in threes. Even better, those bad things in our lives aren’t coming to us from God.
How do we know?
Because God promises His plans are filled with hope. Hope shines light in the darkness of our negativity.
Faith has turned the idea of seeking God’s Will into a life long treasure hunt. But God isn’t a creepy old pirate. He is however, a loving God who has plans – big plans, little plans, audacious plans. Therefore, we can be certain they are hope-filled plans. Best of all, we don’t have to go looking – He brings them to us!
A conversation among friends
She looked at me with eyes so filled with fear I thought someone had died. “What’s wrong?” I asked.
“What am I supposed to do!” She closed her eyes, and shook her head ever so slowly.
“Do about what?” I inquired in my most concerned tone.
“I just don’t know what God wants for me.” Her eyes now filling with emotion and escaping down her cheek.
“Oh hon,” I reached over and took her hand. “It’s not this difficult.”
“But what am I supposed to be doing with my life?”
“Well – that you don’t have to go looking for – that’s simple.” Counting on my fingers like we were preschoolers, “One, love God. Two, love yourself. Three, love others.”
“It’s not that simple.” She said offendedly.
“Oh, but it is. And unless God sends you a certified letter that says differently, that is your job, and when you take that seriously, He’ll open so many doors your’ll never be without opportunities. Stop wasting time trying to figure it out. Do what He has already told you to do – cause He’s got a ton of plans for you just waiting to be delivered.”
This is an excerpt from, A Simple Faith in a Complicated World, expected to release in Summer of 2022.
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