Week 18 Friday

I Know the Plans

Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 27-31

Key verses: Jeremiah 29:11

 

     The prophet Jeremiah had a tough job to do.  He had to prophecy to a people that didn’t want to listen and who preferred to listen to false prophets.  But through it all, the “weeping prophet” had a hopeful message.  It was simple and direct: God knows what He is doing.  And best of all, what He is doing is what’s best for us.

     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.”

     I love that scripture.

     Most of us spend at least part of each day making plans.

  • Plans for our relationships
  • Plans for our chosen work
  • Plans for how we can be creative
  • Plans for how we can do something worthwhile
  • Plans for how we can somehow “make a difference”
  • Plans for how we can be “successful” – however we define that
  • Plans for how our life can be full of hope and meaningful

 

Well, it turns out God is always planning too.  God is a creative being – always has been; always will be.  And part of His wonderful creative activity is to have an active hand in our hope and future.

That doesn’t mean he controls us like puppets or robots.  No, God somehow weaves His plans into ours as his children, each of whom has free will.  That’s part of the mystery of it all.

Are you making some plans today?  Well, remember that a loving God has some plans for you too.  And things work out best when our plans and His – are one and the same.

How does Jesus suggest we make that happen?  By praying a simple and very powerful prayer:

“Thy will be done….”

 

Prayer: Father in heaven, let my will and thine, be one.  AMEN.

 

 

 

    

    

    

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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