For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
One Minute Message
You have probably heard this verse before. Did you know that it is not a promise to individuals, but rather to an entire nation? Israel, God’s people in the Ancient Near East, had been taken into exile by the Babylonians. God sent the prophet Jeremiah with a message to God’s people: God has not forgotten about you, and he does have a perfect plan for your nation. The Israelites were scared, far away from their homeland, and hopeless. God sent a message to them in their time of greatest need that he would redeem their future and return them to the land of their ancestors.
“What in the world does this have to do with me?” you are probably asking. Well, while this is not a direct promise to you or me, it does demonstrate something remarkable about God’s character. No matter what circumstances seem impossible, no matter how hopeless a situation, God is in control, and he has a plan. That means that God ALWAYS has a plan! The creator and sustainer of the universe has a plan even for your life and for mine. Who better to have a plan for our lives than the one who created everything, the one who hung the moon and the stars, the one who gave us life? If you are a child of God, you can be certain that God has a plan for you, even when life is at its toughest. Are you a child of God?
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