The Seed of Hope

A gift for tomorrow

...about plans.

…about plans.

“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

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

These two Bible verses are, without a doubt, among my favorites. It’s funny that of all the verses, and of all the subjects that are covered in the written Word, two of my favorites have to do with plans.

But that’s where the similarities end. You see, the book of Jeremiah reveals God’s plans for us, whereas Proverbs addresses our plans.

“…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What a powerful statement this is. It reveals God’s intentions for me. For you. For all of us. When we can truly wrap our minds around this message that’s meant for us, and believe in it, our faith in God changes. Our relationship with Him changes. And our lives change.

Plans

One of my Dad’s favorite sayings was “Live for today.” He would always say that, especially if he and my Mom, or he and I, were in a heated exchange about life, finances, personal challenges, or anything beyond that moment in time. I think that he believed in what he was saying; to a degree. But I also think that he used it as a cop-out, as if to say “Okay, I’ve made my proclamation, so that’s the end of this discussion. Let’s move on to something else.” To be honest with you, it used to irritate me to no end. You can’t just end a discussion by uttering some self-proclaimed nugget of wisdom and then move on the next topic. Well, I guess you can, because he did it all the time, and got away with it!

Still, it bothered me, because my Dad did indeed live for today, but he also planned for tomorrow. And don’t we all? It’s why we have all kinds of insurance, and retirement accounts, and day planners. We plan for tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. It’s part of our nature to do so. In fact, it’s that planning that gives birth to hope. Have you ever noticed that on this site, The Seed of Hope is followed by A Gift for Tomorrow?

It’s easy for us to believe that God has the perfect plan for us when things are good. If we’re blessed with good health, and prosperity, and good times, we know that God’s plan for us is just right! And we trust in Him completely.

It’s when the worm turns, or the wind changes direction, or things head south, that we begin to question not only God’s plan for us, but also His love. We want to cry out “How can You love me God, and let this happen to me?”

FAITH

I think the reason for the verse from Jeremiah being so meaningful to me is that when I accepted it as the truth, my faith in God hit a new level. I feel that, for me anyway, the absolute belief that God has my best interest and welfare in mind all the time was a HUGE turning point for me. It allowed me to change the way that I live my life.

I no longer walk in fear.

Strong statement. True statement. You see, I believe, without a doubt, that God has the perfect plan for me.

Look, since I was born again four years ago, and committed my life to Christ, life hasn’t always been a bed of roses. Life, in and of itself, isn’t easy. And as you may have figured out already, life as a Christian may be even harder.

But I have to tell you, even with the rough stuff, God’s plan for me has been so much better than any plan that I may have devised for myself. I couldn’t have imagined the changes that have taken place in and around me, and the blessings that would come with those changes.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Okay, so like you, I plan for tomorrow. But what are my real plans?

Well, I plan on being the best that I can be in everything that I do. I plan on being as good a Christian as I can possibly be. I plan on dedicating every day of my life to God. I plan on being, not just a light, but a beacon of light that shines for Him. I plan on running through every door that He opens for me to reach others. I plan on sharing the good news of God, and what He’s done in my life, with all who will give me an ear.

And when my time on this earth is up, and it’s time for me to stand before my Father, I plan on hearing Him say,

“Well done, good and faithful servant!…Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21

See you next week!

 

 

Comments

CC wrote on 08/17/10 10:58 AM

AWESOME!!!!!
Christina Maniscalco wrote on 08/17/10 12:02 PM

WELL SAID! I LOVE YOU!!!!
Linda wrote on 08/17/10 12:24 PM

Excellent verse, great post!
Helen Dean wrote on 08/17/10 12:49 PM

Thank you! Exactly what I needed to hear today. For days I have earnestly been praying for God to reveal his plans. I needed to read/hear to walk in faith and fully rely on God.
Paulette Smith wrote on 08/17/10 1:21 PM

Excellent Reading!! Just to share my favorite: Phillipians 4:13 " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" I know he has a plan for me and I want to continually stay in his grace.
Susie Mc wrote on 08/17/10 1:31 PM

LOVE IT...and you know Jeremiah 29:11 is a top verse in my life too! As far as "I no longer walk in fear" ...I agree. Another verse that helps me to embrace "fear not" is Job 42:2. "NO plan of His will be thwarted." In other words...not matter how much we mess up, or no matter what happens to us.. as long as we recognize that we mess up and genuinely repent, God's plan doesn't change. He wants our heart....He knows we will fall ..each day. Nothing we can do or not do will nullify His beautiful plan for us. It might be delayed, but as long as we are seeking His face, we will see His Hand move in our lives in mighty ways....thanks for your post!
vonny wrote on 08/17/10 10:41 PM

wow...I really needed this in all this chaos of moving. I have never felt His presence so strong as this past 3 months in doing what He wants us to do...I feel we are being sent and all the little obstacles of this move come and go....trusting in His word knowing that Isaiah 43 says ...Forget about the former things, do not dwell in the past. See I am doing a new thing...(and this is t he kicker....) Now it springs up...do you not perceive it???? so fear not....great...trust....commit to the Lord....(I don't know His plans yet but He does!!!) yippee!!!! thanks so much Sam...love you guys....
Deborah Biggs wrote on 08/17/10 11:13 PM

Hey Sam, excellent this week...I want to share a short story with you. God INDEED does have plans for us. And he does want the best for us in big and small things. Yesterday a friend had been watching my cocker (rememeber him?) since I had moved to moms because she wasn't especially fond of him. This person somehow let him run off 3 times, and NEVER bothered to tell me. Sunday morning he was gone and I found out yesterday about 24 hours later. I was hysterical. I soooo love Coby. After getting REALLY mad and upset, I turned my hands to the sky and asked God to please let him be alive and well, and to please let me find him. God actually spoke to me and assured me it would be ok. I found him 7 hours later. God is so good. He loved me enough to care about what would seemingly be a menial problem to some, but a heartbreaker to me. As I am writing you, he now sits in the living room right next to me. My mom relented and let me bring him here to live. He is such a loving God to care about even the love we have for our pets. Two miracles in one day! Me finding him, and mom allowing him to come finally and live here after 5 months. (you know how my mom is) All part of his plan FOR SURE!
Susan Hughes wrote on 08/18/10 12:39 PM

Jeremiah 29:11 was gifted to me by a more mature Christian many years ago, once I had the revelation that God indeed has us in the palm of His hand right down to the last minute detail then I shared it with must be hundreds of people over many years and each time I saw the light dawning in their eyes of realisation of WHO is in control Then they visibly relaxed and smiled. Praise His Wonderful Name. Amen
Becca Bell wrote on 08/18/10 4:22 PM

This was very helpful... in a time when I "know" that God has a plan for me and my family that we will be successful and that he will meet our needs... but I'm honestly not "seeing" any real movement and opportunity open up no matter how hard I work and seek Him. I keep having faith that He is in control. I've given up my sense of control and am totally open to Him having his way with me. Its tough...
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