The same question pops up just before any holiday or long weekend … “Got any big plans?” Well, it may not be a holiday weekend – but have I got some plans to share with you!
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I’ve made plenty of plans in my life. Some of them big beyond my reach; others not so much, pretty mundane. Not long ago one of my sons in the faith finished a job in one location and made the move to a new one. New home, new job, new challenges, new … well, pretty much new EVERYTHING. Those are some pretty big plans there.
But someone else has some absolutely amazing plans for you. And that’s good news, because the one who is making plans for your life is the same one who made the plans for the entire universe. That may seem like a bit of a “cute” statement, but do yourself a favor and just stop here for a moment. Think about the things that God has planned, created and brought to pass. Think about it.
Today’s verse says I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU: PLANS FOR GOOD AND NOT DISASTER, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND HOPE.
He has a specific plan for YOU!
He knows everything. He knows your strengths and weaknesses. He knows when you’ve been successful. And also when you’ve failed, utterly miserably. More to the point, He knows things you do not know. He knows precisely how you will perform tomorrow. And the next tomorrow. And the thousands of tomorrows after that one. He knows when, where and how you’ll fail. But He also knows every success, every personal victory. He knows.
Because He does, He has created the perfect plan for you and your life. And as you walk with Him, He will lead you to every blessing He has intended for you. He will walk through every challenge and battle with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. You two are in this together.
HE KNOWS. There is nothing that is hidden from Him.
So His plan will be accomplished. And, if you love Him, He will work all things together for your good. Things that on their own may not seem either good or worthwhile will be a part of something He created in you. He will create it even if you feel mixed up about the process.
I don’t know if you’ve ever taken a spoon of baking powder and popped it into your mouth. Or if you’ve ever tried to swallow a raw egg. Both of those things are pretty disgusting on their own. Not anyone’s first choice for a quick snack.
But if you’re baking a cake, you’re going to need both baking powder and eggs. Along with all of the other ingredients, very few of which you’d care to have alone, an extraordinary cake can be made. One that is sweet, fluffy and delectable. The process requires the ingredients be thoroughly mixed up. (Just as you and I are from time to time.) And it will require some time in the oven to become all it is intended to be. Ovens are not FUN places, but they are necessary.
HE KNOWS. He knows the plans He has for you. He knows they are GOOD plans, in the end; and they will bring you great delight. They are plans to give you a future. They are plans to give you hope.
If you are in Christ, then you are part of the “capital-C” Church. The Church is the Bride of Christ. He’s making a wedding cake.
He who formed the universe and created the stars and the planets has plans for you. BIG PLANS!