He Knows the Plans He Has for You

posted by Bethel Kids | Jan 4, 2022

Written by Melody Ackerman

Jeremiah 29:11 can often times be an overused verse that feels a lot like a band aid slapped on for a quick fix. Being quoted this verse can feel like a sucker punch if you are in the middle of a loss; a marriage, loved one, job, health, or home. How is losing my loved one, form of income, finding out I have cancer, or ending up at the mission God’s way of making me prosper? I hurt, I have very little hope, and I don’t know what my future holds!

For me personally, this can fall under the “All things work together” verse that people like to quote when you are going through some of your toughest times. A verse that ends up making us cringe rather than feel the healing balm it is intended to provide.

Do you remember as a kid being in school and the teacher showing you how a sentence changes meaning when you put the emphasis on a different word? Let’s do that for old time’s sake. 

“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.” 

Did you catch that? God is declaring that HE knows the plans He has for you. He alone. He never intends us harm and He only wants what is best for us. As a parent, we are the same with our children, aren’t we? Depending on the age and stage they are in, this can look very differently. 

In the early years we want our kids to be make better choices. We don’t want to have to discipline them and see them hurt. However, their safety is more important to us then their happiness or lack of pain that will come in that moment of discipline. 

As they get older, we find ourselves holding our breath hoping and praying they make the right choice. Often, we are heartbroken they didn’t and have to feel the natural consequence of their decision.

Please do not misunderstand me and think I am saying that you are going through a painful time because of something you did. The point I am trying to make is that we love our kids more than anything else in the world. We want what’s best for them. Our Heavenly Father is no different. His love for us is beyond our understanding. Even beyond what we feel for our own kids. He created every single one of us for a unique purpose and only HE knows the plan He has for us. 

When you run across this verse next time, stop for a minute and say it with the emphasis on the I. As we set our goals, resolutions, and intentions for this coming year, let’s remember and find comfort in the fact that HE knows the plans HE has for us. He has plans to prosper us, not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. He knows what that will take and what He will use.

In the wise words of C.S. Lewis, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

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