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. [12] Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. [13] You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart. [14] I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,  

There are times when we are not sure about our lives, where things are truly headed. However difficult life gets it is important to
remember that God’s plans for our lives are multi faceted and he knows what he is doing. Sometimes in order that we might live a life that truly glorifies him, God has to place us in a situation that we do not like. In the verses above he had to deport his people from the Land and carry them off to Babylon for 70 years. Why did he do it, surely he is a loving Father? Indeed when God does do things like this we must remember that it is only ever because his desire is that at some point in the journey we will turn to him with all our hearts and
seek him and find him. It is a corrective motivated out of his indescribable love for us.

 

He wants us to consciously choose to be aligned with his purposes, and so he brings us to a place where we can do nothing but wait upon
him in order that we become aligned. I wonder if we truly believe that God has got many wonderful and beautiful plans for our lives?

Psalms 40:5 (NIV) [5] Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

The discipline of the Lord is not intended to reduce the life in us, but rather he intends that even in discipline we should prosper, and so his deported people were to pray for the wellbeing of the city they were deported to, even in discipline we are to prosper.

 

Paul understood that from birth God has purposed destiny for him. Many of us like Paul instinctively understand this and have a keen
understanding of divine destiny for our lives. Paul refers to this in the book of Galatians  (Gal 1:15-19). The scriptures point out that  from the foundation of the world we share a similar destined purpose our lives are not accidental.

 

Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

 

Just as individuals have destiny, nations also have destiny, and we understand from Daniels prophecy of the giant statue a prediction of four kingdoms which succeeded each other (Babylonian, Medes/Persian, Greek, and Roman empire). God was in control of the progress of History determining the path of Nations. In this contect we can understand that God has a plan for us as individuals. Daniels prophecy shows us that no one can escape prophetic destiny.

 

our whole life work, fun, family, friends are all part of the context of Gods purposes. There are times when we might get the precise plan of God wrong in some aspect or detail , Paul did and so the Lord had to redirect him through the Macedonian call. Every so often we need to realign ourselves, adjust our lifestyle remove some obstacle that embeds in our heart and thus obstructs fulfilment of our part in God’s perfect plan. God’s word is a true lamp unto our feet. Once we have been illuminated then we must guard what he has revealed as his purpose for our lives. Realignment can be hard if we have strayed too far off his path and purposes, but it is never too late nor impossible if we truly want to serve him.

 

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