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What God Has Prepared for Us!

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Life ChangeI’m a planner. I use an app that sets reminders for my to-do-list. It syncs to my phone and my other devices. My wife and I use an app to tell each other what we need at the grocery store (it actually works when she remembers to check it – lol). I use a program that keeps all of my important info or data (no secrets or deep treasures) available to me wherever I am. I plan out future sermons well in advance. I try to give as much information to the worship team as possible – as far out as possible. I allow our office assistant to review and even edit my work calendar. I have my work & personal calendar and several other calendars on my devices. My wife and I have planned – financially – for our retirement (we have a target figure and conditions we wish to achieve before we retire). In other words – and I could go on and on – I plan and try to execute my plan(s).

Are you a planner? Do you make plans or do you fly by the seat of your pants? One of my favorite saying is – if we aim at nothing – we are bound to hit it. Making plans is important for most of us. Carrying those plans out is what we should all aim at – allowing for adjustment of our plan(s) as things develop. For instance – the Orioles plan to win their division and thus make the playoffs. If during the season that doesn’t seem possible – the next target would be to make the playoffs by being a wild-card team. If that doesn’t workout – the next thing is to improve to the point where next year (or soon) – they will be able to compete for their goals.

God has a plan for all of us. Here are a few passages that show us that God has a plan for us. Proverbs 3:5–6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  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.” Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 1 Corinthians 2:9 – However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Jeremiah 1:5–10 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

God has a plan for us. The prophets were not special people – their task or plan was to be a prophet. What God has in store for us is also important. We should be seeking out what God has planned for us. We should be seeking His face and desiring His grace and will for us. Can we answer the question – what is God’s will for our life? Let’s draw closer to God and find out! Another question I often ask – what will our legacy be to those we leave behind?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 8, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Well done, Ray. My plan now, in retirement, is to be the kind of husband, father, grandfather, and neighbor that God desires of me. Life in retirement is at a relaxed pace. My dad frequently said that in retirement one needs a plan. Our plan is to enjoy each other, be a good neighbor, engage in Bible studies, worship, witness and mission. We also enjoy walk, day trips, seeing our grandchildren, and taking vacations together. We both engage in regular exercise and making good food choices. I enjoy photography, writing, and speaking, so I look for opportunities to do that. Our legacy, we hope, is to remain faithful to our calling to be Christians. Thanks, Ray, for another thoughtful reflection.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | May 8, 2019 | Reply


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