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.
God knows what lies in your future so have hope in Him.
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’
Before you were born God had a plan and a purpose for you.
Everybody living on this earth was born with a plan.
Many do not know their plan or purpose because they have chosen to neglect the only one who knows these plans and that is God.
One of the most common human errors is believing you can plan out your life without God.
Most of us are guilty of this error, we make all these plans and when things go wrong we now run back to God.
But His word, which is true, says ‘ for I know….’ meaning no one else but God knows.
‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord ’s purpose that prevails.’
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,’
This is almost a promise from God to his people.
Look to me and I will not disappoint.
God is a God that is in love with us.
The plan that God has for you will bear all the good things from above.
His plan will not harm you.
I believe this passage is about perspective.
The journey is tough but with a God-adjusted perspective it is one worth it.
Many have been with Christ predating the 2000s but are still waiting on their prosperity.
First thing first, you have to move yourself from ‘with’ Christ to ‘in’ Christ because God’s rightful place is in your heart.
That requires an ocular surgery.
God becomes your ophthalmologist and He replaces your old vision with His plan and His purpose – new vision.
( Like the experience of Paul)
You begin to identify situations differently and circumstances too.
You become like Paul and find contentment in the journey.
Although the world tried to harm him, Paul’s ministry reached a vast majority of the world.
We are still talking about him and his faith today. Now that is a legacy.
‘plans to give you hope and a future.’
The KJV defines this section as an ‘expected end’, another great translation but let’s draw parallels.
God knows the plans for your life, so putting your hope in Him guarantees your future. This makes your end expected because it is known by God and His plans will get you there (formula to the expected end).
‘Expected’ by definition means ‘likely to happen’.
It seems almost like a paradox for your future to be expected and for that expectation to be known because you haven’t lived it yet, but that pertains to the greatness and magnitude of God’s power and infinite knowledge.
Where does the hope come from?
Your trust and belief in Him.
Knowing the God who knows tomorrow today and has the formula to a great tomorrow. That gives me hope.
Choosing to put your trust and hope in God reaffirms your faith.
‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’
After putting your hope in Him, what will God not do for you.
He knows your future( He is God)
They are of good and prosperity ( He loves and cares)
His plans will bring you to an expected end (He is mighty and can do all things just put your hope in Him)
After all this is done, go to Him and He will listen.
To me, God is almost saying, whatever you are going through know this….Jeremiah 29:11……It isn’t easy but as long as you have been through my formula and if the burden is still heavy, call on me. If that’s not easy then come to me. If you can’t place yourself in a place to come to me then wherever you are pray to me. (Jer 29:12)
And the God who knows the plans He has for you. The God who knows those plans are of good and not evil. The God who knows your future from today. The God whose plans bring us hope.
That God will listen to you.
This verse is powerful.
It speaks of how great God is.
Know the God you put your trust in.