“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 is my son Ringo’s life verse.
He uses it to remind himself God has a plan for him.
This was particularly helpful to him as he walked through his high school years not knowing what he wanted to do with his life or what path he should take.
Ringo quoted it repeatedly. It soothed him when things got rough.
He forgot an important step, tho. He forgot to read it in the context of the scripture around it. He clung to it without understanding the entire passage.
He assumed as he graduated and moved out in to the world that things would be okay.
When things got tough, he stumbled. And, because he didn’t understand the entire passage, he got upset with God because things weren’t going the way he thought they should.
Then, he stumbled again.
He just didn’t understand why the choices he was making weren’t working out the way he thought they should. He knew God had a plan and he thought he was following it.
And, he was. Or at least what he thought was God’s plan.
Unfortunately, he hadn’t stopped and really given God the time, attention and prayer necessary to get the actual plan.
He also still hadn’t read the rest of the passage.
12″Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
It’s not about sitting around waiting for God to bless us with a career, a material need, or a close relationship with Him.
He won’t just show up one day and say “here’s the plan,”.
We have a part in it.
It is our job to call on Him, to pray to Him, to seek Him with our whole heart. That’s when we will find Him and his whole plan. When we seek Him with our whole heart.
Only then can we fully understand what it is God has planned for our lives.
Ringo learned the hard way that it is more than just knowing God has a plan for us.
He is still working to recover from his stumbles. But, he’s getting there.
And the more he learns to seek God and to turn to Him for guidance, the more he learns and understands God’s plan for his life.
Seeking God with your whole heart. That’s how the plan comes together.
Seek – verb (dictionary.com)
- to go in search or quest of.
2.to try to find or discover by searching or questioning.
- to try to obtain