Jeremiah 29: 11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Our text clearly reveals that God has a plan for us. He has a purpose for us. And whatever that is, it is certainly His plan. Knowing that should at least encourage us all to keep praying and expect from God in Christ Jesus’ name.
In 1 Corinthians 12: 18 is written, God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased”. Clearly then were created and now living for a purpose. There is a plan and definitely we are part of it.
Some of us may succumb to the common stumbling block for man to join or be part of this plan- the holy component. We at some point will think that because of our iniquities we are not worthy to be part or included in that plan of God. But all over the Bible we can read stories about the heroes of the faith i.e. Moses, Saul of Tarsus, Gideon etc. who answered positively to the call of God despite their self- acknowledge weaknesses and were used mightily and made victorious. In like sense, we can understand in 1 Peter 2:9- 12 and assurance from God that we are His chosen people for His purpose and plan.
Joe Stowell writes about that text in 1 Peter in the 2010 issue of “Our Daily Bread” saying, “…You might think you’re an unlikely source, but when you allow the Lord to flow through you, the watching world will stand up and take notice”. In addition, it is not for the “standing ovation” of the world that we strive to be part of God’s plan but for the prize God had set before us for us.
Another stumbling block for man to be in union with God’s plan is the perceived impossibility of His plan or the things He wants to accomplish through us. It happens when we take it upon ourselves instead of allowing God to work through us. The power of God just is impossible to limit especially by what we think is possible. David told Goliath in 1 Samuel 17: 45, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled”. Nobody knows what could have happen had David said in this way, “I come to you with five smooth stones, a sling and with your own sword I shall behead you”. The result especially where the glory lodges would have been different. King David only illustrates for us how we should face “Goliaths” in this life as he adds in verse 47 saying, “For the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hand”. We face all these giants with confidence not from any other else but God’s grace for the battle if truly His.
At this point we might be asking ourselves, but what really is God’s plan for me? Perhaps that would account for another meeting. For now, we can see that God’s plan for us is for “wholeness”. The Word will reveal to us wholeness means wellness, greatness, perfection, victory and anything good; not evil. In the King James translation of John 5:6, the Lord ask the sick man saying, “Wilt thou be made whole?”. For now then, it is enough to know that God’s plan for us is all good.
In the course of time however men have the tendency to miss the good plan and are technically disqualified to be in that plan. Look at our brothers who keep coming every week to feed your faith. What do you think allows them to keep coming to you with consistency all these years, some since this jail was constructed? Do not tell ne it is money because you do not have it. Besides no church I know laid down their life for that.
The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9: 24, “Do you know that in a race all the runnners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” Perhaps the apostle Paul wanted to higlight the truth that there is a way to finish this race. In addition, he is simply telling us today to keep “running” till we received the reward of God in Christ Jesus. Doing otherwise will never make us obtain that prize. Keep “running” then enables us to win, because all who would will certainly end victorious.
In conclusion, it is undeniable that God reveals the existence of His plan for each one of us. It is our whole duty to work within that plan and keep working in that plan until He says, “Well done”.