God Doesn’t Have a Plan for Your Life

game of lifeTruth is, He has millions of ‘em.

The oft-quoted scripture concerning God’s plan for your life, which has been emblazoned on T-shirts and bracelets and youth ministry websites for centuries, is 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.”

What does God have for you?

Plans.  Plural.  As in, more than one.

And notice what those plans lead to.  “Hope and a future.”

All of the individual plans that God has for you culminate in one grandiose future.  The ultimate “plan” that youth pastors have been talking about for years is only reached when we purpose to learn and execute God’s specific plans for each and every one of our days.

As Paul told the Ephesians,

We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Don’t get so distracted with what God wants you to do in thirty years that you miss all of the things He wants you to do today.  Just spend every single day growing closer to Him, instantly obey everything He tells you to do, and you’ll reach that hopeful future He promised you.

After all, you’ll be walking with Him.  Where else would He take you?

“Each moment of the day is a gift from God that deserves care, for by any measure, our time is short and the work is great.” [J. Oswald Sanders]

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