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God’s Plan for the New Year

“For I know the plans which I am planning for you,” saith Jehovah, “plans of welfare and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, Rotherham)

The year we are now entering is one unknown to us but known to God. He has a “custom-designed” plan for our lives. Included in His plan for us is the year ahead.

At the same time Jeremiah wrote the above scripture, God’s chosen people were in captivity. Jeremiah reminded them that God had not forgotten them, but in His own time would return them to their homeland. “… I KNOW the plans I am planning for YOU …” His plans are for the PRESENT moment – NOW. He knows “where” we are, the “why” of our circumstances, “how” His plans fit into our lives, and “what” His plans are to accomplish.

1)      His plans are PURPOSEFUL. “Plans of welfare, not of calamity…” Often we see our circumstances as calamities, but not so with God. He loves us and desires only His best for us. We view our situations from where we are, but God sees them completed and fitted into His plans.

2)      He has PROSPECTIVE plans for our FUTURE. We are to be WITH HIM in heaven. There we will experience no sorrow, nor pain. There all our tears will be wiped away. Knowing that one of these days He will return for us gives us HOPE today.

3)      His plan for our lives finds COMPLETION and FULFILLMENT in Jesus Christ. “Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to His Plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. For God, in His foreknowledge, chose them, to bear the family likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:28:29, Phillips).

We can face the New Year with peace of heart and mind, knowing that God is working out His plans not only for our life on earth but throughout eternity.(Be still and Know by Millie Stamm)