With children in High School, our family discussions have centered around the future. We are starting to talk about going to college and plans beyond that. Our children are examining their hearts to see what they are interested in pursuing. Stress is also factoring in as grades and GPA have an impact on future decisions. As parents, we have tried to weave God’s role in all of this planning. We have told them, “God does have a plan for you.”
“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God is Faithful
This is one of the most quoted verses in the whole Bible. People cling to this verse with the hope that God will reveal His plan for their lives. It was originally said to the Jews as they were headed out of Jerusalem on the way to Babylon. It was a message of hope that they would return and that God would provide for them instead of letting them disappear off the face of the earth. God was faithful, and a remnant of the people did return, and they did prosper. There are some truths we can take from this passage.
God does have a plan for you. Take courage in that and seek Him for what it might be but also trust Him as He lays it out for you. He may have the same destination that is on your heart, but the route He takes you on may be completely different than what you might expect. His plan for you will always include your well being, protection, and future. Be faithful in what He has given you right now and be patient as everything unfolds.
Where is Your Hope?
What are you putting your hope in? Is it a career? Maybe it is a relationship? Your hope needs to be in Jesus Christ and Him alone. Our ultimate future is wrapped up in Him and what He has in store. Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t working out how you would like. One day everything will turn out much better than you can imagine when Christ returns. Remember, God does have a plan for you.