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
We have all seen this verse posted on pictures, books, and we may have used it for encouragement for what is going on in our own life or in another person’s life. But what is going on in the surrounding verses that God is actually saying? Listen to Jefferson Bethke‘s as he expands on the verse and what is going on in the surrounding verses.
This video gives truth to the circumstances to the Babylonians. Now I am not saying that God doesn’t have a plan for each one of us. He does. However, quoting this to a person who is struggling, God had a very specific plan for the people of Babylonia and they needed to trust him and do what he wanted. The same applies to our lives, but when a friend is struggling with some thing shouldn’t we ask them what they feel is the right thing to do? God calls us to be people of action. This doesn’t mean simply pray and God’s will is going to happen. Yes ALWAYS pray! There is no if, ands, or buts for that, when making a serious even a small decision ask God for guidance. When we seek him for the small things, when those larger decision come along won’t we turn to him naturally during those storms?
I guess since this specifically says what you want to tell the person it’s the easy way out. That doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. What can we do better for people than give our time for them. Don’t you feel valued and blessed when a friend or person you look up to, takes time to speak with you doing a big activity, simply seeing how you’re doing when he or she see you, or asks you to do something? We all have that person, you could even be that person for someone else.
That is what’s an amazing blessing about having a community. We are blessed with a community but telling someone that God has a plan, yeah you did a small part but did you really listen to them? Better yet, did you feel appreciated or heard when someone said that to you? I know we are told to look to others, serve other, do as God would do, but when you are being there for someone if you’re doing it right remind yourself, if the actions you are doing for someone else, would you want done for you? Would you want that said to you? It’s not even about saying the right thing, but letting that person know that you are listening to them and her for them. Most likely no matter who you are we will say the wrong thing, possibly give bad advice, or you might say the right thing. No mater what it’s for God’s glory. Bring this all to him and that will make him smile and in the end we all need him. So listening friend, don’t put a pressure on yourself to say the right thing, just remember God is there with you. Also talking friend, your friend isn’t God so don’t harp on them to give you the perfect advice or blame them when your plan doesn’t work.
We have an awesome amazing God who is continuously there for us! Yes, he does have a plan, but his plan may not be clear to you, he will work these things into your life that is why we are called to trust in him. I will leave you with Psalm 16:9-11: “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”