“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” (Jeremiah 29:11).
The first time I went to Disneyland was when I was a little boy. We lived in Cupertino, CA., in the bay area. My mom and dad told us we were going to Disneyland and I couldn’t wait. I wanted to go to Disneyland right now!!!
What I did not count on was an eight hour drive to get to Los Angeles. I wanted Disneyland. What was this drive through nothingness? This wasn’t Disneyland!!! This wasn’t fun!!! This wasn’t what I was promised!!!
The verse of the day is one of the most hopeful and comforting promises in all of scripture.
God has a plan. God’s plan is good. God’s plan is best.
Who wouldn’t want that?
God declares he has a plan and it is good. That’s a fact.
Notice, God never asks us to fully understand his plans. He merely asks us to trust his plan – to trust that his plan is for the best.
You see, there are times when life won’t feel hopeful and peaceful. There will be times when life is hard and painful. And in those times we are going to wonder, “Hey God…what about that plan to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future thing? What happened to that?”
And it is precisely in those hard times, the painful times, that we will have to continue to trust and stay obedient. What we don’t realize is that growth, maturity, security, health, peace are often the result of having worked through the difficulties, not the avoidance and the absence of hardship.
If we want health we have to diet and exercise.
If we want knowledge and wisdom we have to invest in study and learning.
If we want peace and security we have to go to war against all that destroys and threatens peace and security.
God’s promises for growth, health, well-being is the result of having worked through the difficulties.
Stay the course. God never asks that we fully understand and comprehend his plans. God merely asks that we trust his plans.
Trust and obey. There really is no better way.