Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Plan For Your Future

I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11 (NIV)
One of God’s most purpose filled promises is this great promise of His plan for our lives from Jeremiah 29. Purpose is impossible without a plan. A plan and a purpose are impossible without HOPE. How do you plan for the future? In order to have hope for your future you must start with God’s purpose. All the planning and scheduling in the world will not help if you do not have God’s purpose for your future right at its very root. When you start with God’s purpose you realise, “God has plans for me!”
God plans your prosperity
That may or may not include material prosperity, the real focus here is on significance of life. Imagine God up in heaven with a sheet of paper in front of Him. Yes, that does take some imagination! Now imagine that the paper has your name on it. Under your name is the heading, “Plans for success and significance.” And finally imagine this - the paper is filled with ideas and goals and plans.
God plans your future.
Before we plan anything we should always ask “God, what are your plans for my future.” Our goal is not to get God to bless the future we’ve planned. Our desire should be to live out the future that He plans to bless us with.
God plans to give you hope
However discouraging things may seem at times, God has a plan for your hope! He’s told us in advance, “I want to give you hope.” Even the worst of circumstances can give us hope by causing us to transfer our trust from this uncertain world to God’s certain future in eternity.
Family discussion question: How does this promise of God give you a new sense of hope in some particular area of your future.
Children’s Activity: This is a great verse to memorise. Why not work on it together as a family over the next week. Write it on a card and place it on your refrigerator to remind you.
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