“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29: 11

 

Plans get off track and lack of planning causes stress, circumstances change, and people can pull the rug out from under us; so, it gets really challenging to keep our life goals in focus, and there are many days when the only thing that I have the ability to look for is a way out of the hole that I seem to be buried in. These are times when it is too easy to forget the fact that God has made promises to me that relate to every situation that I will encounter.

 

The Lord makes it very clear that He has a plan for me, and that plan involves both an ultimate future and the hope of eternity in His presence, and it includes every day of my life on this earth, too. When Jeremiah wrote these words, he was addressing the people of Israel who were in exile in Babylon; yet, the words of promise from God are also ours, for everyone lives in a world in which we are held captive by forces of evil and by our own errors, mistakes, and sinful behaviors. We all need to be set free, and each of us needs to understand that my own freedom is at the center of the Lord’s plan for me.

 

For me, trust is at the center of my own ability to live each day with the Lord’s peace in my heart. I need to claim the reality of God’s promise that He has a plan for me on a regular basis; my worried mind and trembling heart are calmed by talking to God about the concerns that are active in me at this time; then, I need to ask Him to show me His plan for handling these things; finally, I need to trust my loving Father to provide the solutions and the direction that He has promised to me. The last step in the process of claiming this day as a part of my future of hopeful welfare is perhaps the hardest, for it requires me to take action on the direction that God has provided for me; thus, I need to continually go through this same process of conversation with God, trusting Him to answer, and believing in the Lord’s constant protection and grace.