“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

This portion of Scripture is one of my favorites. It certainly brings hope to seemingly hopeless situations. I know I have certainly depended upon it, both personally and professionally.

As a dad, I have shared it with my children as well. One such occasion was with my eldest son, Philip. He was in the midst of his sophomore year of high school. Philip was playing on the junior varsity football team and was captain of the defense. He was having a good year. When the junior varsity season ended, he fully expected to be moved up to varsity for the balance of the season. However, when that day came, Philip found that he was not being moved up, as he anticipated. He received no explanation from the coach. He was devastated! All his hopes and dreams came crumbling down. He was angry and disappointed.

I spoke to him several times about the situation, but Philip is a quiet person (at least with his father). I shared this verse from Jeremiah. I shared that God had plans for him: plans to prosper him, plans to give hope and a future.

Well, Philip did not dwell on the obstacle, but moved ahead with his life in high school. He went on to letter in several other sports and to be in the top ten percent of his class academically. He is now doing well in a university and looking forward to the future and God’s blessings on his life

Sometimes, the storm clouds look so dark in life, that it is difficult to see beyond the moment. But God certainly sees beyond the moment and sees you and me as He created us. He sees us as His sons and daughters – heirs of His Kingdom.

QUESTION: What do you need to learn to trust God’s plan for you today? Pray that you or someone close to you would know God’s plans of hope and a future.