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. 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.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
God’s plan has always been to give us hope and a future, to prosper us and keep us from harm, but His plan can never be separated from a life devoted to Him. There is no hope – no future or security – apart from resting in His arms. And the only lasting prosperity and peace comes as we walk in step with His Spirit. Why do so many not trust Him to fully guide their path? And why do they seek His plan for their life without bothering to first seek Him?!
His plan is for us to be restored to Him and glorify His name as we love Him with all our heart. All other plans regarding the specific circumstances of our existence flow out of His plan for a loving relationship filled with worship; “seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Seek Him first! Let me encourage you like I do myself daily to allow God to be the all-consuming top priority of your life. Diligently seek Him in times of quiet as well as in the midst of the endless multitude of daily activities, and be filled with hope and encouraged by His promise that as we faithfully seek Him with all our heart, He will be found! Take His Hand!