What's the Plan?
This verse is a great passage when thinking about the blessings of God. It speaks of the future and what God has planned for us. What about our plans? One of my favorite questions is,
“How can you tell God a joke?”
The answer, “Tell him your plans.”
What this saying reminds us of is the fact that we may make all kinds of plans. Plans to do this, and plans to do that. But only God knows if our plans will become reality. The promise we have is that God has great plans for us. There is a great future in store for us in Jesus.
The shocking part of this section given by Jeremiah is the verse that precedes it in context Jeremiah 29:10. In that verse God shares that the people will be captives for 70 years in Babylon, before they will be brought back to the Promised Land.
These two verses remind me that out timing is not the same as God’s, and His ways and plans are beyond our ways. So if you are going through a difficult part of your life it does not mean that God does not have great plans for you, it only means that God plans for eternity not being caught up in the moment in which we live. God’s blessings follow our sins and Jesus takes them upon himself to give us His great blessing and hope.