Has your life turned out as you expected? We would probably all have to answer no to that question. Only God knows the future and the plans He has for us. But even though we face unexpected disappointments and hardships, there is one thing we can know for certain—God’s plans for us are always good (Rom. 8:28).
Since the exiled people of Judah wanted to return to Israel as quickly as possible, they started listening to the bad counsel of false prophets. To correct this, Jeremiah told them to settle down and pray for the welfare of their place of residence. This was God’s best for them at present and was a part of the good plans He had for their future restoration.
If we want to discover the Lord’s best for our life, we must trust that His way is better than our plans and desires. We like to think that we can figure things out on our own, but there is truly no one who understands our needs better than He does. Our heavenly Father sees what lies ahead and knows what He wants to accomplish in every situation of our life. And by spending time regularly in His Word, we’ll find our trust in Him growing as we learn His ways and plans.
And that’s the memo.
By Charles Stanley and InTouch Ministries