Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “’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.”
This is one of my favorite verses of Scripture, and one I turned to whenever I am feeling discouraged. It reminds me that God does not want me to fail. He wants me to prosper, and He wants to bless me, as He also wants to prosper you and bless you.
If you have not experienced God’s love in a personal way, you may wonder why the Creator of the universe would want to prosper you. Why would He even care about you?
God cares about you because He created you. He created every person to enjoy a special, personal relationship with Him. God knows you intimately. Psalm 139:1 – 4 describes this intimately in some detail.
“You have searched me, O Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.”
You are so precious to God that He knows your thought before you can express then. The psalmist goes on to say that there is no place where we are out of God’s reach or thoughts. And it speaks of our conception and development, “For You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (v. 13)
God took care to when He created you. He designed to fulfill His purposes and plans for you. He created you to fellowship with Him. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9) We fellowship with God when we abide in Him through prayer, worship, and Bible study.
God also created you with a purpose in mind—a role for you to fulfill that is uniquely your role in life. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God created you—yes, you—and me so that we can fulfill His purposes in our life. When we work to fulfill God’s plans for our life, we recognize that we are doing the work we were created to do. This brings great joy and a sense of fulfillment, as recognize our purpose and our value as a child of God, created in His image to do good works.
“May He give you the desire of your heart, and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
If you have never considered that God loves you and created you for a purpose, you may not have experienced the joy of knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior and having your sins forgiven. Please click on Basics of Salvation in the tool bar above to learn how you can invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
My novels, Restorations and Reconciliations, are stories of individuals struggling to find peace and happiness in life. Their journeys lead them to realize their need for God and that He has a wonderful plan for their lives.