What if you learned that someone had prepared in advance good work for you? What if you learned that someone has a plan for you and it is good? Where do you go to get advice? Where do you go to get wisdom? Where do you turn to receive discernment?
There is but one person and one place that we should turn! There are many impersonators and illusionists! There are many deceivers and trickers! There is but one who truly knows the future and can help you walk through this life in alignment with the great plans He has for you and that He has set in place in advance for you to accomplish! Don’t turn to the left or the right, turn to Him and ask Him for wisdom for each day!
In Jeremiah from today’s reading from God’s Word we are warned about this…
Do not listen to your false prophets, fortune-tellers, interpreters of dreams, mediums, and sorcerers…
–from Jeremiah 27:9
Today’s devotional closes reminding and warning us that…
As the one who holds the past, present and future in his hands, only God truly knows the future. Much of it is hidden from us. However, there are certain things about your future that God tells you.
So will you turn to God? Will you invite Jesus into your heart? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide through this life?
Rather than trying to go it alone, will you choose to join forces with God to be able to live out and complete the incredible plan and purpose God has for you and your life?
God’s Good Plans for Your Future
- Your future is freedom … Psalm 119:25-32
How does he respond to all these difficulties? He prays, ‘Preserve my life according to your word’ (v.25b). He meditates on God’s word (v.27b) and prays, ‘Strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law’ (vv.28b–29).
Resolve to follow God’s ways in everything, but not out of a sense of obligation or guilt. Choose to run in the path of God’s commands, for he has set your heart free (v.32).
- Your future is secure … 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
The gospel message is urgent. The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.
As far as their short-term future is concerned, Paul writes, ‘We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfil every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith’ (v.11).
Do not simply sit around waiting for Jesus to return. God has a ‘good purpose’ for your life. He has called you. He puts ideas into your heart. He works in you both to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
In all this, Paul prays that the name of Jesus will be glorified: ‘If your life honours the name of Jesus, he will honour you’ (2 Thessalonians 1:12, MSG).
- Your future is hopeful … Jeremiah 27:1-29:23
Jeremiah’s prophecies did come true. The people of God did go into exile as he had warned.
Jeremiah speaks the message from the Lord to his people in exile. He tells them, ‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper’ (29:7).
There is an important principle here. Generally, you should seek the peace and prosperity of the place in which God has put you and pray for it. This includes places where you may work, your local church, your city and your nation.
There is an expression: ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’ This passage encourages you to make roots even where you feel uncomfortable or isolated (like in exile). Sometimes the place where you find yourself is not where you want to be but if God has led you there, then that place must be fertile ground for God’s work in you to thrive.
God promises his people that the exile will come to an end: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my gracious promise to bring you back to this place’ (v.10).
This is the context of the wonderful promises: ‘For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you’ (vv.11–14a).
God has good plans for you. They are not plans for your failure or defeat. They are plans to ‘prosper you’. They are not average or mediocre plans. They are ‘good, pleasing and perfect’ (Romans 12:2).
But God will not force his plans on you. He requires your cooperation. If you want his plans to be fulfilled in your life, you need to seek him. He promises that, if you do so, you will be found by him (Jeremiah 29:13–14b). As you spend time with him, you will become like him and he will lead you into the good plans he has for your life.