New International Version (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.
Now that is a great promise from God right? I mean I claim it! It’s dead on the spot God! Yes! That’s for me!
What I’ve found out so far is that people tend to focus on the words “PROSPER”, “GIVE”, “HOPE” and “FUTURE”. That’s not a bad thing at all. I mean isn’t it easy? Who doesn’t want prosperity and receiving and hope and a nice future right? One thing though is that these words are relative. What might be prosperous to you, might not be prosperous to me. What may be hope for you may just be a tedious daily life for me. It tends to give us a false understanding of what these words mean. What happens then if our version of prosperity, reception, hope and future is different from what God has in mind?
I hear the thoughts of loving parents who, in spite of serving God all their lives, still lost their 5-year-old kid. I hear the last cries of a woman who in spite of her faithfulness in obedience and serving God, still died in pain of cancer. How about that pastor killed in a tragic accident leaving his family behind? How are we going to show them God’s prosperity, hope and future? I mean, didn’t God promise “not to harm”? So why do these things happen? The struggling father who will almost break his back trying to make ends meet. How about the abused woman whom a man cheated? It will be very hard to reconcile our notion of the meaning of these great words, (PROSPER, GIVE, HOPE, FUTURE) isn’t it?
Think with me now.
There is no doubt that God intends to give us prosperity, hope and future. How we receive them though is another subject. The problem is not whether God is willing and able to do what He said. The problem is that we don’t know how He will do what He said He would do. Be that as it may; we could still rest in God’s first few words on this said promise.
“For I know…” God said.
Just to rub it in a bit further; yes, maybe you don’t have a clue but God knows what He is doing. Question is how far are you willing to stick it out to trust HIS plans?