Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! – The Joker from The DARK KNIGHT
Ok, let me clarify that I do not seek spiritual advice from Homicidal Maniacs, even if they are fictional. However, I think this line says a lot about what we expect from everyday life. Expectations, . . . . boy what a trap. Can you count the times your “expectations” have not been met? Some of our expectations are rational, some are not. Expecting an oncoming car to stop on red is a pretty safe bet. Expecting God to solve all your problems is stretching it a bit. Life brings us many peaks and valleys, why do we only question God and His plan “in the valleys”. When was the last time you heard someone say “I just don’t know why God allowed me to get that new job”. The truth is we should be praising God in both situations.
Life does bring us many ups and downs but as believers we must know God’s plan, is the only plan. God’s plan is like fruit that must ripen on the vine, on its own time, not ours. The Faith we have in God will determine how we react to adversity. Mathew Henry said; When things are at the worst they will begin to mend; and he will give them to see the glorious perfection of their deliverance; for, as for God, his work is perfect. If His plan is perfect then how do we employ our faith to accept it? By spending time with God . . .
As reassuring as the above verse is I think it’s the subsequent versus that tie it all together. God does care for each and every one of us and all he wants is for us to seek Him.
Jeremiah 29: 12-14 – Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.