Jan 7: God’s Plan

11 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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a]  Jeremiah 29:11-14a

I wasn’t going to do a blog post today, I had a really long day and I’m exhausted.  I thought oh I’ll just do one tomorrow about how our busy lifestyles take over. But that’s exactly it.  We all have busy lifestyles and we all push God to the back burner.  If I want to fully repent and be accepted by God I have to put him first. Even if it’s 10pm after a long day of working and all I want to do is take a bath and drink a glass of wine.

God knows what he’s doing with me.  He knows I live a busy life. He knows I go to school full time with juggling a part time job and a marriage.  He knows I can do it, and he knows I can do it while continuing to praise him.  Finding time everyday to have my moment with God and to share these moments with you is what I’m really working towards. It’s going to be hard at times. I’m going to go through more life challenges and God will be there to lift me up.

I pulled out my bible to study the Jeremiah verses, and tucked into this page was a paper.  On this paper was a devotional I wrote for my high school graduation day.  My friend and I had both been attending the Methodist Church throughout our lives and we decided we wanted to give the children’s sermon that day during the church service.  We wanted to sort of represent what we were going through in a way that could relate to these kids.  I read over the devotional and I was flooded with memories.  How I loved attending that church and how I enjoyed being up there teaching those kids something.  This sermon focused on what was coming up in our future that we were so excited about, graduation, and soon after, college.

Today I look at this scripture a little differently.  I don’t look at it as a future plan, but a current plan.  God knows what he is doing with my life.  Maybe he let me stray so I could come back to him.  In that children’s sermon I focused on Jeremiah 29:11 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.  Today I think the second half of the scripture speaks more to me.  Jeremiah 29:12-14a 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a]  This is telling me that God will be there for me whenever I call for him, but not until I put my heart into it.  This is telling me that I can call upon him in confidence.

I have the NIV Life Application Study Bible, and in there are some great insights to what these verses mean, and how they can apply to me.  This set of verses is a great one, we see that God will lead us, because he has a plan for us.  “This does not mean we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, gut that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.”  That was something I really needed to read.  I’ve had my pain and my hardships, but that doesn’t mean God was turning against me.  It just means life was happening.  It’s going to be hard for me to really understand that and not put blame on God for putting me, and my family through.

Busy schedules get in the way, but I have to remember this is God’s plan for us.  He knows I still have time to open my heart up to him and call for him.

We all go through those hard times in our lives but we have to see past that, that it’s all the plan that he has laid out for us.

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