Timeless l Worship

By Don Saul, Jericho Bridge | Oct 31, 2018

Wow! As I sat down to write this article, I realized it will be published on Halloween. So then I was conflicted! Should I write something related to Halloween, or to the election, which is one week away?

Well it turns out, neither, actually. I’m going to devote this article to giving you a word of encouragement, one that is timeless…

Let me start by asking you a question: How often do you have BIG plans?

Big, epic, great plans. Plans so monumental that you just can’t help shaking your head when you say it: “big plans.”

Just thinking about them makes you smile. You fixate on the calendar, counting the days until it’s time.

Well, did you know that God Himself has big plans for you? He smiled when He planned them out for you. He even leans in a little when you are about to discover what He has in store for you.

How do I know this? Jeremiah 29:11: “‘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.’”

Do you believe it? Maybe your circumstances right now make it hard for you to take God at His word. So let me break this verse down and see if its deeper meaning can help you increase your faith.

“Plans”: This is the key word in the Lord’s promise to you. If these plans are God’s plans, then they are, by default, BIG plans. Right? You have a choice: believe in faith that there is a God who has big plans for you, or don’t. It’s up to you. It took sticking his finger in Jesus’ side for Doubting Thomas to believe. God waits with that same patience and love for you to choose.

“I”: These are God’s plans, not ours… handpicked just for you, by Him. These plans are not dependent on us. If they were, they would likely fail. His plans are perfect in design and perfect in timing, tuned to perfection like a handmade Swiss watch.

“Prosper you”: Bring on the riches! Wait, that’s not what the word “prosper” means here.  The original Hebrew word is “shalowm” (shaw-lome’), which translates better to English as peace, or safety, or rest. No, God doesn’t have bags of money waiting for you in a locker somewhere. He offers peace for your soul, which we all sorely need in these days of turmoil and uncertainty.

And finally, “hope and a future”: The Hebrew word for hope is “tiqvah” (tik-vaw’), which means expectation!  These plans of God’s are laid before you; you can bank on them. You can “expect” them with confidence, if you choose to believe. Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

In this Hebrews verse, the Greek word, “hope,” also translates to “expect.”

God’s plans are written in stone… metaphorically (even though He’s written in stone before)!

The key takeaway of this verse in Jeremiah is actually what it does not say.

It does not say that these plans will happen. God’s plans are dependent on our choice; it comes back to choice.

He is asking you to come alongside. He loves you; you are His child. He wants the best for you, so He designed this super awesome plan just for you. Now He waits for you to raise your hand and say, “yes, Father.” God has built the bridge; now it’s time for you to take the step to walk across it.

I challenge and encourage you today to take God at His Word.

Believe that God has great big plans for you, and then take that first step into them by trusting in Jesus Christ. Then just watch God unfold that miraculous plan before you.

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