Is it ever hard for you to imagine God’s BIG plan for your life? If you take the words of Jeremiah 29:11 seriously, then you have to know that you aren’t the only one trying to figure out your future. The One who sees everything about your life, who lifts you up when you fall and brushes you off so you can start again, that same One has plans for you too. Here it is again: “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.”
Hope and a future can sound so distant, especially when your own hopes have been dashed, slashed and run through from every angle you could think of. But you see, there’s the opportunity. It’s not just about what you can think of. If we really trust in God and believe that He is good and that He does care about giving us our daily bread, then we have to trust this idea too. He wants to prosper us and not to harm us. He wants us to have hope. He already is ahead of us taking care of the future.
Yesterday, people everywhere gathered together to give thanks, thanks for friends and family, thanks for their jobs if they have them, and thanks for their work. Of course, there’s a great difference in your job and your work. Jobs can change dramatically, sometimes over night…one minute you’re the new kid on the block and the next minute you’re on the block and back out the door. That’s about a job and sometimes that can feel hopeless. But, your work never ends. Your work was given to you by an employer who will always seek your help, who believes in you, who feels you are the exact right person to do the job. This employer will keep you working for as long as you’re willing to show up for the task. As long as you can say, “I’m here, send me!” you’ll be employed. Give thanks for your work because your work comes with hope and a future.
God has BIG plans for your life. Why shouldn’t He? He made you, sculpted you before you were even a ray of light in your mother’s eyes. Are you ready to step up then? Are you ready for the work He has designed just for you? Are you willing to put out your hand and embrace the plan so that you can build a greater life in Him? If so, then slip down to verse 29:12, which says, “Then you will call upon 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.”
That sounds like a promise! That sounds like an employer who cares about your future. Let’s start today with a heart of thanksgiving and open the flood gates of hope. Offer yourself the challenge to believe in God’s BIG plans for you. Try it for thirty days if you will, or for a lifetime, but be very conscious that you are working out your life plan with the One who caused your dreams and dreams even more for you than you can imagine. Get ready then to win because He’s listening to your prayers and is anxious that you should never come to harm, but that you should have hope and a most excellent adventure doing His work.
Thinking BIG with you today!