A Nugget from New Life Network
(excerpts from Bob Gass Ministries)
Scripture for the Day (June 14, 2017)
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, Amplified Bible)
The people of Israel ended up living as slaves in Babylon because they disobeyed God and decided to do their own thing. And they paid a high price for it. They lost their homes, their jobs, their freedom, and their self-respect. Has that ever happened to you? Well, there’s good news. God says:
“The plans I have for you…are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me…I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes” (Jeremiah 29:11-14, NLT).
That means God still has a plan for your life. And if you seek Him “wholeheartedly,” He will reveal it to you. You ask, “How do you know God still has a plan for me?” Because you’re still breathing! He has a plan for every single person He ever created, and it never goes out of date. Unlike the milk in your supermarket that has an expiration date after which it can’t be used, God’s plans don’t have expiration dates.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call]. (Romans 11:29)
Our God is not one that gives and then takes away. There is a Christian song that was recently on the radio that included the lyrics that “God giveth and God taketh away”. My wife immediately turned it off and said that is not my God. Now you may say, but I remember that scripture in the Bible. Yes, it’s in Job and there is more bad theology that comes out of Job than probably any other book in the Bible. If you read Job carefully you will find out that Satan was the one that was taking things away and not God. You will also find at the end of the book Job and his friends all had to repent for saying things about God that were not true.
Even if you’ve gone astray and missed God’s plan for years, that plan can still swing into operation the moment you turn your life over to Him and fall in line with His will. Now the plan may be somewhat modified from what it would have been twenty years ago if you’d paid attention, but that doesn’t stop God. He can adapt to fit anything that comes up in any life that’s ever lived, including yours.
Just remember, Moses and Abraham were both on up there in years when God used them in miraculous ways. It’s not over yet, regardless of how old you are. God has a plan!