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 (NIV)
I have a purpose and plan for your life. You can be confident and certain about that. I want to use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. How will I be able to know your plan for my life? How will I be able to fulfill the purposes you have in mind for me? Those are important questions. I know that you have been worried about there answers. You have been fearful that you might miss out on my plan and fail to fulfill my purposes for your life. That’s right. I don’t want to live a life that would someday be filled with regret about where I could have gone and what I could have done for you. I want you to be able to fully use my life for your purposes and your plans. That’s a very good desire. Do you know where that desire comes from? My desire to fulfill your purposes and plans comes from you. Yes, it does. Would I place a desire in your heart that I would not help you to fulfill? No, I doubt it, certainly not, I’m sure. Your two very important questions have one simple answer. What is it? You can be certain that you will go where I want you to go and do what I have given you to do if you follow me. I will lead you to where I want you to go. I will give you what I want you to do for me. Is that simple and clear enough? Yes, it is.
What will following me require of you? I will need to be attentive to you. I will need to listen carefully to all that you have to say to me. I will need to be willing to follow and obey you. I must guard against anything that might hinder my ability to hear from you. How will you do that? I will withdraw from the noise and busyness of life so that I can listen and hear from you. Once you have heard from me what must you do? I must put into practice all that you have shown me. I must be willing to go where you are leading me. I must be willing to do all that you are asking of me. Will you listen attentively to me? Will you follow me? Will you do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will. Then I will use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.
Lord, I have had this fear that I would miss out on your plans for my life. I have thought that I might leave something undone that you wanted me to do for you. I don’t want that. I know that you will help me to follow you and to fulfill all your plans for my life. Amen
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