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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
If you have ever been on the hunt for an uplifting word from God, you’ve come across this verse. I’ve seen it a million times and Love how it has always brought comfort that there is a light in the hard times, but have I really let it resonate? Would we need it a million times if we soaked it in and meditated on it and truly heard what our Father is saying to us?
This morning I read this verse with fresh eyes. God has a plan for us. It is most assuredly the best plan for our lives. He makes it clear in the opening “For I know the plans I have for you.” This comes after Hananiah stands in the destroyed Jerusalem and proclaims it will be restored in two years. Jeremiah know this is not truth from God. He is saying He knows the plan but we do not and we do not make the plan- especially not the best plan.
When things are clicking along and going well, my wheels start turning, and I start making big plans. The thing is, that’s when everything turns in a different direction, and I find myself on my knees again crying out for direction and His plan. You would think I would learn, but humans are not so easily trained. It takes a lot of hard work from everyone involved, which is why it keeps happening.
I’ve learned God is saying “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” He needs more than asking, though, He wants our fellowship. We are going through times that teach us to rise above and truly seek Him so we stay in His plan.
Truly trusting God’s plan isn’t easy when your back is against the wall and more stuff just keeps coming. Take comfort in the fact, though, that you are not alone and His plan is better than any quick fix He can deliver that would cause an even bigger pitfall down the road.
Just as I was working through this verse I used to read so incorrectly, I came across this today, as well, and it felt like God was saying “Stop having a panic attack about this verse, because I will take care of you, girl.”
24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
He has a plan for us, it just isn’t ours and in our time, and thank goodness for that!