God's plans - Ps Graeme Leske

16th July 2020

“A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” 

Proverbs 16:9  (NKJV)

“Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.” 

Jeremiah 29:5 (NKJV)

“I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” 

Jeremiah 29:11  (MSG)

It’s become a running joke in our home. I have often left the house to do something at the church thinking it will be a ‘quick’ job (Haha!!!) only to find it has taken a lot longer than I thought. So now when I leave the house saying ‘Shouldn’t be long’, Chris just looks at me with that knowing look - i.e. I will see you when I see you. However despite the delays and setbacks the job always seems to get done. I am sure that there had been many plans in the hearts of God’s people when they were taken into captivity in Babylon, yet there they were and it didn’t look like what they had expected. Therefore, in the midst of their captivity the Word of the Lord came to His people and He declared - build, plant and eat. Then later in the chapter He declares ‘I have it all planned out’. What we can take away from this is; instead of getting frustrated and giving up when things seem to be delayed, or there are obstacles along the way, God is saying to keep living as though the promise is on the way. The ultimate plan has not changed. God’s plan for your life has never changed even though it doesn’t always look quite like we want it to look. When Nehemiah was tasked with rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem he had to contend with external opposition and even some internal conflict with those who were building the wall. However in all of this, Nehemiah remained resolute and was convinced the wall would be finished - and it was! I am sure Jeremiah was asked by God’s people ‘What is going on?’ but his encouragement was effectively ‘Don’t get distracted - God has a plan for you’. Whatever your plans might look like during this time, remember:  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't (yet) see.”  (Hebrews 11:1 MSG)

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