“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
If you’re like me, you plan for everything! I plan my day, I plan my vacation, and I plan for my retirement. Planning makes it easier to achieve your goals because it allows you to clearly see where you are going. Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, has been credited with saying, “You plan to fail, when you fail to plan.” So, planning is the key to what we consider to be success.
Everyone wants to succeed at something and no matter how much you plan, the truth is, sometimes we still fail to achieve our goal. This is why Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Our thoughts are not God’s thought and nor are His ways, our way. I believe that we serve an all knowing, all seeing, all powerful God, so He can map out a plan for our life that will not fail. Sometimes we look and make personal judgements off of what we see, but everything we go through becomes a stepping stone to fulfill the plan that God has for our lives. We may not understand it, but God is working it out for our good.
Jeremiah simply reminds us that we may feel hopeless and without a future, but God has a plan for our life. We may feel stagnant and like everyone is out to do us harm, but that is not a part of God’s plan. His plan is for us to be better in every area of our lives. His plan is designed for us to walk in our divine destiny with confidence and favor. Sometimes things get so hard that it’s difficult to see your way through. So many things happening at one time, that you forget who you are and whose you are. We are the children of the Most High God and He has a plan for our life. Stick to the plan and trust God through the difficult seasons of your life.
Richard D. Hayes is the Pastor of New Day Community Church and the President of the United Ministerial Alliance.