Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 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.
This quote is part of a letter Jeremiah sent to the Israelites after they were exiled to Babylon. It must have taken great faith for them to believe these words while they were in slavery. Most of us are in a much better place than they were and yet sometimes we find ourselves in a position to wonder if God really does have plans for us and, if so, what they are. Sometimes when we do understand, we decide our plan is better. The story of the prodigal son is a good example of that. I think of God’s plan as Plan A. We so often mess up His plan that He needs to come up with a new plan. I call that His Plan B. I’m so grateful He’s willing to do that. After the quoted part of Jeremiah’s letter God goes on to say, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. Talk about a great plan! He offers hope and a future if we will seek Him. I have learned that prayer is not a one way conversation where we do all the talking. Seeking Him requires a lot of listening too. It also often requires patient waiting for His voice and a heart willing to follow the answer. Our lives are most joyous when we are living according to His plan for us. This time of Advent (the time of waiting) is a great time for waiting and seeking to know His will for us. Frances Havergal wrote the words to the hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be” after re-consecrating her life to God on Advent Sunday, December 2, 1873. She wrote, “Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee. Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. …Take myself and I will be always, only all for Thee.” What better time for us to follow her example than Advent. It could change our Christmas.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to be a seeker of your plans for me and as I expectantly wait for our Savior’s birthday celebration I also wait to know what those plans are. “Where you lead me I will follow.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen