‘I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.’ Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
The people of Israel ended up living as slaves in Babylon because they disobeyed God and decided to do their own thing. And they paid a high price for it. They lost their homes, their jobs, their freedom and their self-respect. Has that happened to you? Well, there’s good news. God says: ‘The plans I have for you… are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me… I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.’ (Jeremiah 29:11–14 NLT) That means God still has a plan for your life and your family. And if you seek Him ‘wholeheartedly’, He will reveal it to you. You ask, ‘How do you know God still has a plan for me?’ Because you’re still breathing! He has a plan for every single person He ever created, and it never goes out of date. Unlike the milk in your supermarket that has an expiration date after which it can’t be used, God’s plans don’t have expiration dates. Even if you’ve gone astray and missed His plan for years, that plan can still swing into operation the moment you turn your life over to Him and fall into line with His will. Now the plan may be somewhat modified from what it would have been twenty years ago if you’d paid attention, but that doesn’t stop God. He can adapt to fit anything that comes up in any life that’s ever lived, including yours.
SoulFood: Eccl 11:7–12:1, Ps 39:4–13, Jas 4:14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023