“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
I currently have two books over infertility. While reading one today, I came across this verse. The author did an awesome job of breaking it apart to help me better understand it. I’ve taken a few of her comments from the book and added my own as well 🙂
“For I know the plans…” – God’s plans for us are preconceived and intentional. His plans are designed specifically for us, and are not random or arbitrary but instead based on His knowledge of all things and His intention to bless us.
“… plans I have for you…” – I have – These are plans God has for us, not our own or the doctors, but instead, His. When we choose our plans over His, we fail to see His plan happen. His plans are the best for us.
“…declares the Lord…” – God announces His plans for us with conviction. He is certain and He is positive of their existence before they happen
“…plans to prosper you…” – God takes action for us. We receive the blessing and the action of His plans
“…not to harm you…” – Along with God’s plans to prosper us, He also will not harm us. He intends to help us, and not hurt us. He intends to lift us up, and not to hold us back. He plans to bless us, and not curse us. He is for us, and not against us. As long as we follow God, we will not be harmed, but instead will prosper.
“…plans to give you a hope…” – God takes the action and we get to receive the hope. He gives us hope that is vital and full of life and a hope that originates with Him.
“…and a future…” – He gives us both a hope and a future.
The hardest part about this verse is the unknown. The verse starts out by God declaring that He has plans, yet we do not know what they are. C.J and I desire to surrender our own desires and put complete trust and faith, in Him, while we wait. We know it’s not until after the plans have been revealed to us, that we will completely understand.
We can boldly say that God already has plans for us. Good plans. Not plans that will harm us. Does that mean this will be easy? No. But, it does mean that He already declared that He has plans to prosper us, give us a hope, and a future. We get to receive the blessing of His plans. (A friend of mine has taught me how important it is to speak truth and declare the word of God over my life).
This excites me. There is nothing more reassuring then knowing that the God who created the universe is the same God who already made and knows the plans for C.J and I and our future. I can’t wait until we can look back and rejoice in the story God has created.