Have you ever wondered if there is more to your life? Do you have a purpose and if so what is it? Or perhaps you’re living the life, so to speak and you aren’t concerned if there’s more, because from where you sit, life couldn’t be better. No matter how you may think, scripture assures us of the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us.
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. Jeremiah 29:11
What captivates me most about this scripture isn’t the promise of a plan for us, but that the Jewish people were in captivity when God gave the assurance (Jr 29:10). They had been living a life apart from God, and at the time of God’s word for them, they were in exile to Babylon. This truth confirms two things to me, 1) God loves us even when we choose to live apart from Him and 2) He has a plan for us despite who we’ve been, who we are, or where we are.
I feel like so often we believe the enemies lie that we can never be anything more than we are right now. Or you buy into the lie that because your Dad was abusive, that’s all you’ll ever be too. Maybe you struggle with addiction, and you’ve chosen to believe you can never be anything else but an addict. We tend to accept the lie and then live in it. Things didn’t look promising for the Jews either in Babylon, but God had a plan for them, even then, and He has one for you too.
Our job, the Great Commission is to go and tell the world about Jesus. We all have the same call, but our ways, God’s plan for that look differently for each of us. Your way may not be to write about it, but mine is. God planned for me to write to you, even when I was living a life of sin and wanted to be as far from Him as possible.
I know living God’s plan for your life sounds a bit cliche, but it is possible, and rewarding, not just in this life but the next one as well. So how do you know God’s plan for you?
Then you will call on 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 29:12-13
Short answer: Seek Him with all that you are. He is ready and waiting for you; He wants nothing more than to give you a life you never dreamed possible and for you to reach people that seem unreachable. I never imagined I would be a writer, and I bet my high school English teachers didn’t either. But when you let God plan your life, there will be many pleasant surprises.