Jeremiah 29:11-13—– For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.
It is our struggles rather than our ‘successes’ that make us stronger. You are not meant to stand still. Your faith and love should grow. God is trying to increase the muscles of your faith. Is your faith getting stronger? Is your love increasing? Do you react differently from two or three years ago?
What God wants to do in our life is always good but the process may not always be comfortable. The result will always be victorious if we seek God and His Word. God is interested in our character and when our character changes for the better, comfort and blessings come chasing us.
The problem is we seek God for blessings only; but God wants our character to be like that of Jesus. We need to first seek the King, and imitate His ways; the blessings will stick to us by default.
There is an expression: ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’ We must persevere and grow roots even where we feel uncomfortable or isolated (like in exile). Sometimes the place where we find ourselves is not where we want to be but, if God has led us there, then that place must be fertile ground for God’s work to thrive in our lives.
We should seek the peace and prosperity of the place in which God has put us and pray for it. This includes places where we may work, our local church, our city and our nation.
While preparing for the sports Championships, the participants undergo a lot of gruelling training, have fixed dietary intake, and agree to observe a lot of rules and undergo other hardships in preparation for the final event. Similarly, God is also interested in our Character building during times of difficulties so that our faith gets stronger and our love towards the other increases in the face of trials and difficulties.
God has good plans for you. They are not plans for your failure or defeat. They are plans to ‘prosper you’. They are not average or mediocre plans. They are good, pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).
But God will not force His plans on you. All God’s plans require your cooperation. If you want His plans to be fulfilled in your life, you need to seek Him. He promises that, if you do so, you will be found by Him. As you spend time with Him, you will become like Him and He will lead you into the good plans He has for your life.
YOU HAVE NOTHING UNTIL YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE WHO CREATED EVERYTHING.