God’s Plans For You

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV)

We spend a lot of time thinking about God’s plans for us.

While this is definitely a wonderful thing, it’s easy to have the attitude: “It’s all about me.”

God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. Jesus said that he even numbers the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). And after all, when compared to God, everything is small.

But should we expect that the main purpose of God’s plans is to make us happy right here, right now?

Jeremiah’s message in today’s devotional verses is radically different.

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Leaders Seek Jesus First

Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders.

Ezekiel 7:26 ESV

A humble man said of leadership, “Never let your public anointing exceed your private devotion.”

In other words, leaders ought to walk intimately with Jesus more often when none are watching than when the multitudes are present. This sentiment is not aided by our culture, however, as we live in constant need of the feeling of validation.

We walk in a misguided cycle of measuring our spirituality in comparison to one another (2 Corinthians 10:12), instead of measuring ourselves against the “cornerstone” (Acts 4:11).

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The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Matthew 13:44 ESV

Imagine for a minute that a man in a black suit steps out of a limousine. Hey says you can have any one thing you want in the world.

You want to live somewhere else? Consider it done.

You want the fastest car on the planet? Not a problem.

You want to see your favorite sports team win a championship? Mission complete.

Our minds race as we think of the one thing we want most.

But wait, there’s a catch… The mystery man says, “But, to have this thing, you must sell everything you have and give it to me.”

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