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January 27, 2013

November 12, 2012

“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.”

Jeremiah 29:11, NLT

A friend of mine moved from the Nashville area to Chicago. She left behind her dream house. Although she was excited about her husband’s promotion, she didn’t want to move. She had found at the end of her rainbow a house that she loved, and it was in Tennessee, not in Illinois.

As they drove away, all she could see in the rearview mirror was that wonderful and cozy home. It had become her security and her identity. It was the place where she belonged.

But in the process of that move and relocation, she discovered some important truths. “My security does not come from a house. Real security comes from trusting God. I will never grow if I always stay in my comfort zones. Spiritual maturity comes in learning to depend on God to meet my needs. Things should not be held too tightly. They can keep me from embracing what God has planned for me.”

God’s plan is the expression of his love. Never in our lives will God ever express his plan except as an expression of his perfect love. God always has our best interests at heart. He’ll take any situation a person is going through, even if it is a terrible one, and will use it for a good, overall purpose in one’s life.

When God is at work, it always involves risks and changes and new ventures. Why? Because God wants his people to live by faith. We need to trust in God, not in a company; to find security in God, not in a home; to depend on God, not on friends and relatives.

God’s plan is prosperous and hope-filled, one that will work for people’s benefit. God desires that his people trust in his plan. He has not abandoned his people. He nourishes hope. He will satisfy life. He brings fulfillment.


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