God's plans for you

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)

God has plans for you. What does that mean? In the old King James version, it says, "I know the thoughts I think towards you." God has plans for us in his mind. This should give us pause. God, all powerful God has a plan for me and you. That's exciting, isn't it? If he has a plan then we can rest.

What is the purpose of this verse or what did God originally mean when Jeremiah wrote it and what would it mean for you and me today? I think that it is a word of encouragement for a time of trouble or discouragement. We need to be encouraged that God has a plan when things are going against us or time is dragging on with seemingly no good news.

The life I am living now was in God's thoughts, 10, 20, 30 years ago. My life in the future is in God's mind. I could not and can not imagine it, but it was and is in God 's thoughts. He's got plans for me. 10 and 20 years ago, I was very concerned about this time we're in now. I was nervous and anxious and even afraid about it, but also excited because I believed God had it under control and had plans.

I've learned that the emphasis is not on the plans, but on God. The word here says not just that God knows the future, but that he has plans and ideas for our future. That is what is so encouraging. God has unique and good plans for each one of us.