Lamentations 2:17 God Follows Through On His Plans

The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes. Lamentations 2:17

When God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and made them into their own nation, He told them to follow only Him. He set down the rules that He expected them to follow. Along with giving the rules He gave them the rewards of following Him and the consequences of choosing not to follow Him. If they chose not to follow Him, the consequence would be destruction.

Over time, the Israelites had chosen not to follow God. After many warnings, God followed though on His plan to destroy them because they disobeyed His laws. It was not done on the spur of the moment or in a fit of anger. Their destruction was planned because of the rules laid out many years before.

Although times have changed and the ways of committing sins has changed, God has not. His laws and expectations are still the same. God expects everyone to follow Him with all of their life. Being a loving merciful God, He has laid out what He expects and how to accomplish those expectations. He has provided for every possible need that a person could have.

Many people choose right now to not live for God. Others claim to live for God, yet, purposefully live in some sinful behavior, with no thought to change. God has laid out His plans that those who choose to follow Him will be saved and live for eternity. Those who reject Him, will be punished and banished from Him for eternity.

Although it may not seem to be happening now, or that it will occur, you can be sure that God’s plans will be fulfilled. Some will be saved, while others will be punished.

You have to choose which will occur to you. If you accept and follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, you will be saved. If you choose to reject Him and do your own thing, or choose to accept Him, but still do your own thing, you can expect judgment and destruction in the end.

Choose today to follow God with all of your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God with all of your life; that you will know the blessings of God in your life; and that God will not have to bring destruction in your life.

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Jeremiah 38:2 An Insane Sounding Plan

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ Jeremiah 38:2

God had a plan to use the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and Judah and bring all the people into captivity. The people had a choice to make. The choice was to either fight against the Babylonians and not go with them, or to surrender to the Babylonians and go with them. God said that those who refused to go would die in some manner. Everyone who went with the Babylonians would live.

Looking at the plan God had for the people it looked insane. Why would God want His people to surrender to the enemy?

The Israelites had chosen for a time to reject God and not follow Him. Going into exile in Babylon was a punishment meant to get them to focus back on Him. In the process of this plan God had their best interest in mind. Living for self or sin would only bring death, living for and following God would bring about life.

There are times in life when God has a plan for a person’s life that looks insane. It does not allows appear to make sense in why God has the person walking down a certain road, yet He does.

Walking into persecution, prison, punishment, pain, or suffering does not appear to be the best thing for a person…according to man. God sees a bigger picture. He sees the end results and the value of everything that occurs in a person’s life.

Going through these situations will be a very difficult choice to make. You need to trust God’s decision and see what God wants you to learn through the situation. The reasons for going through the situation may be one of many different reasons. Know that God has you going through it, if for nothing else, to make you more like Jesus.

The world gives you a path that appears to lead to life, but will only end in death, staying in the city. God will only give you a path that appears to lead to death, but will lead you to life.

One appears sane, but brings death. One appears insane, but brings life. Which will you follow?

I pray today that you will know the plan God has for your life; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know the life God has for you; and that you will follow God with all of your life.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 Plans To Prosper

“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. 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.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

This is a set of verses that people love to quote. They love to hear the idea that God wants to prosper them and give them a great future. The problem that is common, is that many people do not look at the context in which these verses are written.

At the time God made this statement, the Israelites were going into exile in Babylon. They were prisoners of war. Their homes and towns were destroyed. They were cast out of their homeland. All their belongings were taken away.

As a person reads this, one may wonder how God is planning to prosper them. Why would He be placing them in exile if He wanted to prosper them?

While the Israelites were in captivity, they would show the love of God, by praying for them. They would work hard and serve the Babylonians as though they were serving God. The challenge was that they would have to do this for seventy years before they would receive the prosperity of their homeland again.

God has plans to prosper you, but those plans may be in the long run, not immediate. It may take time to get to that point. On this earth you may never prosper financially as the world sees prosperity, but you may prosper in peace, joy, contentment, and love. You will know that you have a future that will never come to an end. You will know that someday you will have a mansion with many rooms in heaven on a street of gold.

In order to get all of that, however, you must seek God with all of your heart. You must put His desires first in your life. It is not about you and your prosperity or wealth, but what God wants.

Find Jesus and you will have a hope that is above anything the world can offer or has. You may not see it completely this side of heaven, but it is coming, just like the Israelites had to wait for it.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will know the prosperity God has in store for you; and that you will seek God with all of your heart.

Isaiah 14:24 God’s Plans Will Succeed

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24

Plans are made everyday by people all over the world. Some people make plans just for that day, while others plan out the whole year or more.

Planning out something is usually a good thing to do. Setting down a path for education, or how to get into a specific career path, or raising a family are just a few common events that people often plan for. In each of these, and many others, there are multiple steps to get the desired achievement.

The challenging part is that often there are many obstacles to overcome during the process of achieving the desired plans. There are times when things come up that completely change the plans, making them unachievable.

In the passage today, God had a plan to destroy Babylon. He had set up the plan and would achieve it, nothing could stop it.

Since that day, God has not changed at all. He has a plan for the events in this world. Jesus was sent with the plan to save all who would come to Him. That has not changed.

Jesus left this world to build a place for all who would accept Him. That has not changed.

Jesus has a plan to return some day to take all His people home to heaven. That has not changed.

As you are going through life, seek out what God’s plan is for you. Give your plans to God to adjust and tweak them to line up with His plans for your life.

One plan that God has for every believer is that the believer is a witness of who Jesus is. Every plan that you make in your life, must be centered upon that plan. Does what you do point or draw people to Jesus? Or does it focus back on you and this world?

As you align your plans up with the plans of God, you will have success. It may not be success as the world defines success, but in the end you will hear God say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

God will succeed in all of His plans. How you are lined up with His plans will determine how well your plans will succeed.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that God will guide your every step; that God will strengthen you to do His work in this world; and that you will be a witness of who Jesus is each day.

Job 38:2 Hiding God’s Plans

Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Job 38:2

Job had been going through many different trials. He was wondering why God was putting him through the troubles. His friends were judging him harshly because of those troubles. God had remained silent, until now. As God begins to speak, His first words were a question. He wanted to know who was trying to hide His plans without any real knowledge.

Throughout the rest of this chapter God describes many different things that He does. Some of these were laying out the path of the stars, holding the seas in place, causing there to be rain, where the light is hidden at night, and many other things. In each of these God points out that many is no where to be seen in the process.

With God being able to do all these things, He has plans also for each and every man. People, however, do not always understand or accept God’s plans for their lives. They will try to explain away what is occurring in their life.

Those who do not believe in God at all, will try to explain the situations by natural means. Science and cause and effect are looked at to give a reason why a person is going through some situation.

Believers will also try to explain God’s plans away. Often difficult times are seen as judgement for a hidden or past sin.

Job’s friends felt that Job had sinned in some manner to bring on the great judgement from God. Job, himself, felt that God hated him and was against him for some unknown reason. Both were hiding the real reason for what was occurring in Job’s life.

Look back at the beginning chapters and see that God was challenging the devil and proving who Job really was. In reality, what was happening was an honor to Job, that God would think of him that way.

God’s ways are above your ways. You may not understand the full reason why you are going through a trial. Be careful not to try and hide what God is doing in your life. Do not hide His plans. Ultimately His plans is to make you like Jesus–holy and righteous.

Are you trusting His plans for your life?

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for your life; that you will trust God to guide your life; that you will not judge God for His plans for you; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power to this world.

Matthew 26:39 God’s Will

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is just about to be betrayed and then crucified and He knows this.

Think about this for a minute. Put yourself in the place where Jesus was. He has absolute power. He created the planets and stars and everything else by His word. He has done absolutely nothing wrong to anyone or God the Father.

Yet, now, He is about to be crucified on a cross. Not only is He going to get crucified, His Father, whom He has been with for all eternity, is going to turn His back on Him. There will be a moment of separation.

He does what any person would do, ask God the Father if there is another way to do this.

God does not have any problem with the asking of this request. The Father does not change the answer. Jesus must still be crucified.

Where Jesus does the right thing is in finishing that request with stating that He wants the Father’s desire to be done. Even though Jesus has all power and authority, He sets that aside to do the Father’s desire.

What is God asking you to do today? Are you willing to do it?

Very often people hear God tell them clearly to do something, but then decide not to do it. They question God and decide their own way is better.

The Father may not be asking you to physically be killed, but He is asking you to lay yourself aside and do something for Him. Whatever that thing is, it is for your good, for the good of others, and for the good of the kingdom of heaven.

Just as Jesus stated that He wanted the Father’s will to be done, so you must also want the Father’s will to be done. Set your short-term desires aside and follow God fully. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will do God’s will; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit to do His will; that you will not turn away from God’s desire for your life; and that God will make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom through you.