Google+ 09/09/13 Godly Planning is Expected!

Jeremiah 29:10-12

 

This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years.

But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.

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.

In those days when you pray, I will listen.

 

Today we begin a seven-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans!"  All through Biblical times, and up to current times, there has been an ongoing debate about planning.  Before we begin our discussion on this subject, let's first turn to the Bible to check on the importance of planning.  The word "retirement" is not mentioned once in the Bible. The word "hell" or "hades" is mentioned only fourteen times.  I believe it fair to say that we talk about these subjects all the time, especially retirement which consumes a lot of our "planning" time.  Get ready because we always learn a great deal by studying God's Holy Word.  Some derivative of the word "plan" is mentioned in God's Holy Word 411 times!  So, to all of us that call ourselves Christians, planning is important.  Jeremiah was a major prophet whose ministry spans from his call in 627 B.C., until sometime after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.  These were turbulent times for Judah.  The nation was caught up in the political events of the Near East in the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.  Although revival and religious reform followed the finding of the Book of the Law during the repair of the temple in 622 B.C., the effects of Josiah's religious edicts were short-lived.  It became the plight of Jeremiah to deliver the message of ultimate judgment upon Judah, but during this time, he also delivered news of great consolation to repentant people who planned!  Today, Jeremiah shares God's ultimate plans with us, His people.  If we have ever felt alone, we need only read this passage.  Yes, for many of us, we are serving in "Babylon."  God knows and He has no intention of leaving us there.  His plans for us are good and not plans of disaster.  Jeremiah finishes today's lesson by making sure that all of Judah, and us, know that God listens to our prayers of planning.  So, God plans?  Absolutely, which is why we also understand creation in the book of Genesis.  As we walk through this series, we will identify "The Best Laid Plans," and those that are not!  Tread carefully, but be fully sure of this fact.  Godly Planning is Expected!