“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11, NAS
In 627 B.C. Jeremiah was a prophet. During this time, the people had turned away from God. Not only did the people reject God’s law, but they also rejected God’s will. Jeremiah came to bring a word from God to the people. It was hard for Jeremiah to speak the truth to the people as they had turned away from God. Jeremiah upset the priest, Pashhur, when he spoke about how people had turned away from God. Pashhur was the priest in charge of punishing trouble makers, real or imagined, in the temple courts, and he had Jeremiah beaten and put in a jail at the upper Benjamin Gate which was by the House of the Lord. Jeremiah had been faithfully proclaiming God’s Word and had received nothing but persecution and sorrow.
God placed on Jeremiah’s heart His purpose and plan for his life and it became like a burning fire shut up in his bones. If he was obedient, Jeremiah thought everything would be good. Instead he was beaten and put in jail. It is interesting that even though things were not going well for Jeremiah, he was still able to praise God.
Jeremiah knew God had a plan for his life. God has a plan and a purpose for your life, also. When you find out what it is, it becomes like a fire burning in your heart.
QUESTION: What is God’s plan for your life? Ask Him to start revealing His plan for your life.