Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

06/3/2020

Jeff Arnette

Clyde NC

 

He Has Plans For You

 

  Can you imagine how encouraging it would be to walk into a job interview and hear the employer say, “I already have plans for you.” Knowing we had a place in the company might be encouraging. However, knowing that the company recognized our potential and was already forming specific plans for our work with them would really get us excited. It would mean that we have been assured of a good future and they would make the physical work joyful, something we looked forward to each day.

 

  Shouldn’t we have the same view of our life with God? Honestly, God’s view of our life should encourage us. Just think about the enormity of this! Even before you lived one day of your life, God knew you and what you would accomplish in this life. "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them" (Psalm 139:16). This should encourage us to entrust our lives to Him, making each new day a new opportunity to fulfill His grand will for our life? Do not doubt that God has good things in store for you.

 

  The Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah and told him to share this simple message: I will visit you, fulfill my promises to you, and bring you back to this place. "Thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:10-11). He then says that He knows the plans He has for our lives, plans for good and not evil, plans to give us a future and hope. What more could we want? Our God knows us, knows our talents and abilities, and has a plan for us.

 

  No matter where you are currently, God still has plans for you. As you submit to His plans and His will for your life, He can make all things work together for your good. "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). With God on our side, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish, and nothing is beyond our ability. Remember, His plans for us are not evil but for our good.

 

  In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he said, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10,ESV).  Do you realize what that means for you? As you walk with Jesus, equipped, and strengthened to accomplish the things He has called us to do in this life, we are merely stepping into the flow of what He already had in mind for us. Living following His Will, we can be encouraged that with Him, we always have “a future and a hope.” With God, this life is no accident!

 

  Do not doubt that God has plans for you, and when you embrace it by faith, trusting in His plans, life is lived to its fullest.  “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20–21, ESV).

 

—Jeff arnette

    Clyde NC