What if your future is the foundation for someone else’s?
February 17, 2017, 9:46 AM

It was laid on my heart today to ask God for His guidance and allow Him to lead me. Sometimes in life, we have an idea of how we want our lives to unfold, but God already knows what is in our future. But what if your future is the foundation for someone else’s?

Most have heard Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”  It’s a common security blanket, it reminds us, God already has a plan for our lives.  But what’s the context of that verse?  It is actually part of Jeremiah 29:10-14, a full statement made by God to his people.   The Israelites were in exile, a punishment from God as result of their disobedience. God hands out a giant blow. In verse 10, God says that “after seventy years are completed in Babylon.”, that He would restore them in mercy. This meant that none in the current generation of Israelites would ever return to their home. What a crushing thing to be told! But He followed with one of the greatest promises of grace! 

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”Jeremiah 29:12-14

This scripture declares, of course God knows the plans He has for us. But it’s for His glory not our own.  We need to remember that the growth comes through persevering through trials, not escaping them. And when we learn perseverance, we find hope in God. Hope not just for ourselves, but those God has put into a relationship with us. God explains in verses 12-14, that they were going to become an example to generations to come.  They were going to teach them how to pray, to find faith in the midst of struggle, and to seek God with all their heart.  He promises the generations are going to learn and He is going to gather them and bring the back.  You see the future He promises, is that He would teach, lead, correct, all with a deep and selfless love for us.  So that we would do the same, pour ourselves out for others, and share the hope we find in Him!

This is my Prayer:  Jesus, what are Your plans for me?  Whatever it is Lord, give me the grace to do Your will.  God, help me to remember, it’s about Your glory and not mine. Teach me to follow Your example. Help me to serve others today; knowing the hope you have for us. May my service reflect Your presence and example. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.