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Friday, October 4, 2013

When the Future Seems Uncertain

In summary of Jeremiah 29:11-13 it says, “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

Bottom Line:
God has plans for you. They are plans for good and not harm.  It is to give you a future and a hope.  When you pray, he will listen.  If you seek him with all your heart, you will find him.

What this means to me:
God alone knows what he has planned for me.  It’s important for me to remember that His plans are for my good and not to hurt me.  God intends prosperity for my future and not disaster.  In my life He encourage me to communicate with him frequently in prayer.  He has told me he will listen to me.  If I seek him wholeheartedly, he will make himself found.  In this life no matter what someone thinks, no one can accurately predict all that will happen in the next day, week or year.  Forecasts that are made, are all just educated guesses at best.  It seems it may be difficult to succeed when the future is unknown.  However, the The Bible suggests three timeless principles I can use for facing the future:
  1. Set goals according to God's direction. The Bible says, "We may make our plans, but God has the last word." (Proverbs 16:1 GNT) In other words, planning without praying is presumption. Start by praying, "God, what do you want me to do?"
  2. Live one day at a time. Decide to make the most of each moment of your life to accomplish God's will in your life. Jesus said, "Don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time." (Matthew 6:34 LB)
  3. Don't procrastinate. Do it now! "Don't boast about what you're going to do tomorrow, for you don't know what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1) Procrastinating is a subtle trap. It wastes today by postponing things until tomorrow. 
It’s time for me to re-consider plans I had at the beginning of the year.  Plans I had and intended to start, but haven’t.  It’s not too late, and I can take action still  In summary, I can set goals according to God’s direction, live my life one day at a time and then pray daily for guidance.

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