I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
Imagine that. God is thinking about us humans. We should never think that God doesn’t know us or that he doesn’t think about us. He does. His whole plan since the fall of Adam and Eve has been to restore us to right standing with him and to reestablish the close relationship he had with man before sin entered into the human race.
The entire record given us in the Bible is of God’s attempts to bring man into relationship with him. This particular passage is referring to the time that God would restore the Jews to their homeland, but the promise extends to all who will call out to him. God has been thinking about how to bless us.
In the very next verse God says, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will find me when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.
The Hebrew word translated, “think” literally means to devise a scheme or plan. It refers to cunning imagination; the ability to develop thoughts with purpose, or simply to think upon. The reason that is important to us is because his thinking about us drives him to come up with a plan for us.
The word translated “thoughts” actually means a plan. In fact in the NIV this verse reads, “For I know the plans I have for you.” God says, “I’ve been thinking about you and your situation and I have come up with a plan.”
What kind of a plan does he have for us? “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s plan for us is to listen to us when we call and to respond to our hearts cry with a firm hope for a blessed future.
Prayer: Lord, it is easy to get discouraged when I look at my present circumstances. Help to learn to call upon you with my whole heart and to realize at your plans for me include a secure future. In Jesus name, amen.
Message: What kind of a plan does he have for us? “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s plan for us is to listen to us when we call and to respond to our hearts cry with a firm hope for a blessed future.
Affirmation: I know that God has a plan to bless and prosper me and I have purposed to listen carefully as he speaks to me instructions which will guide me in releasing those blessings.
Reflection: Give some thought to the idea that God thinks about us and has come up with a plan for our life. That should make you feel pretty special. Now, here is a question: If God has been thinking about you and has a plan for you, then shouldn't you pursue him to discover how to unfold that plan? Think of some ways you can discover and unfold God's plan for you.