God's Plan

Adam Stout

READ : Jeremiah 29:1-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for

evil, to give you a future and a hope. (v. 11)

Growing up, I had a pet hamster named Gogey. We had a simple agreement. I cuddled and
loved him, and he loved me back. I’d build him mazes out of blocks and put food in the
mazes. I would hold him against my cheek. We were friends. But then he bit me and things
changed. As I watched the blood drip from my fingertip I felt two things: pain and

We have all felt those things. We have reached out lovingly and been bitten. And we
have struck out at others the same way. Because people are like this, it is difficult to
think differently about God. How could he have plans to prosper us when life is biting

When there are no easy answers, we look to Jesus as our model. Jesus had trust in God’s
plan, even though it was difficult and painful. When others betrayed him, he was willing
to stake his life on the belief that God’s plan of redemption was “for wholeness not for
evil,” and to give us “a future and a hope.” Jesus’ trust in his Father is the basis of


Lord, help us to trust in your love and your plans for our eternal good.