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 good thing, it’s easy to have the attitude: “It’s all about me.”

It is true that God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. Jesus said that even the hairs on our heads are numbered (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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Would You Buy A Broken TV?

My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jeremiah 2:13 NIV

God’s people had committed two great evils:

  1. They’d forsaken the fountain of living waters.
  2. They’d laboriously dug cisterns that were broken and couldn’t hold any water.

Commentator Matthew Henry summarized these twin sins as ingratitude and folly.

Basically, the people had turned their backs on God as if he was unremarkable, lifeless, and unnecessary (ingratitude), and instead put their hope in something that was fundamentally broken (folly).

And not just broken, but worthless!

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