Date: Wednesday, November 6
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:10-14
Verse: For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Plans. Some of us are very good with them. We wake up every morning and open our planners (or planner apps), and we know exactly what to expect in the day ahead. Even on vacation, we plan what we will be doing weeks in advance. Others of us like to pretend we don’t have a plan, but I’m not so sure. I think all of us like to have plans. We like to have a general idea of where the day is going to go. Few of us wake up and allow the day to come to us.
But we also know the saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Our plans don’t always work out. No matter how much time, energy, and effort we put into a plan, unforeseen circumstances can completely wreck it. Or simply something we thought would work when we were planning, just doesn’t when we attempt to execute it. An old joke puts it a little more theologically, “Do you know how to make God laugh? Tell him your plans!”
The prophet Jeremiah offers the people of Israel the opportunity not to rely on their own plans, but rather to depend on the plans of God. Dark days are ahead for the people. Babylon has invaded and they are in exile in a foreign land. Things are not going the way the people had planned. So God gives Jeremiah these words of comfort, that although the people’s plans have been destroyed, God’s have not and will not.
Often times we pray asking God to bless our plans, to enter into what we are already doing. Instead, I believe God wants us to enter into his plans, to join him in what he is already doing. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, but God’s plans never do.
Prayer: Thank you God for giving me a place in your plan. Amen.
Action: Evaluate your plans. Which are God’s? Which are yours? What needs to stay? What needs to go?
Respond: What do you use to plan – a physical day planner, an app, or something else? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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