Each time over the past few days that I sat down to do this blog, one or two lines in…the phone would ring, there would be a knock at my door, and my day immediately went in a different direction. God will do that from time to time. His modifications of our plans are rarely anticipated, they can “mess” with you a bit, but ultimately they display His superior wisdom and steadfast love. So, here I am today, giving it another shot.
A number of times this past week, God reminded me of this superior wisdom and steadfast love of His, frequently through sacred music. While driving and wrestling with the more challenging side of “the news” or modifications to my plans, a song would come up next on the CD that powerfully reminded me of His love and care. It was uncanny and encouraging. Then again on Sunday morning He did the same through songs we sang and of course through the special music sung by the ladies group along with Jackie and then Jon Bright. The transition in Jackie’s song from “I know the plans I have for you” into “Why should I be discouraged?” was particularly powerful in my life.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 NASB 11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV 11 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.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT 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.
You know, no matter which translation you read…it’s all good news, great news! So good news is good news. I’m looking forward to this Lord’s Day as we observe the Lord’s Supper together, baptize believers, and welcome new members into our church family. We also start our winter Calvary Bible Institute weeks on Sunday evening, with a bit of a new twist. Rather that several classes, Pastor Troy has planned to have 2 series of lessons, one for all of the ladies and the other for the men, concentrating the application of scripture on our particular needs. It should be a great time. See you Sunday, the Lord willing.