God's Plan is to Prosper You
In Jeremiah 29:10-11, God promised the Israelites after they had completed their seventy years of exile in Babylon, He would fulfill His promise and return them to their land. His plans were to prosper them, not to harm them, but to give them a a hope and a future. Judah, like her northern counterpart Israel, had fallen into apostasy and refused to repent. Therefore, God allowed Babylon to take the people into captivity. God kept His promise to His people and after seventy years they were allowed to return to Israel to rebuild the temple and the city of Jerusalem. God is faithful. His plan is to prosper us His children also. His thoughts and plans towards us are good. Prosper means to flourish or to thrive. God desires us to prosper in every area of our lives-in our marriages, families, relationships, businesses, finances, professions, health, our relationship with Him and in our emotions.
God created us for a purpose. He has a plan for each of our lives. Psalm 139:13-16 shows how God created us and placed us in our mother's wombs. His plan for us is to prosper us and not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future. However, many times we have our own plans for our lives. Proverbs 14:12 says, "there's a way that seems upright before a man, but its end is death," (NIV). The enemy of our soul also has a plan for our lives. His plan is to steal from us, to kill and destroy us. John 10:10 says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us the abundant life. It's our responsibility to follow God's plan for our lives, and not deviate or turn away from it. In Psalm 32:8, God tells us, "I will instruct and teach you the way that you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which has no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you," (NIV). Isaiah 30:21 says, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.' " (NIV).
However, many of us are confused and are not sure of what God's plan or will is for our lives. Not every Christian enters his or her Promised Land. Similarly, to how God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt into their Promised Land, God also has a Promised Land for us His children. When we get born again, He delivers us from Egypt and we begin our journey with Him into our Promised Land. But similarly to the Israelites many of us enter the wilderness because of disobedience. The Israelites' journey to the Promised Land, was only supposed to take a few weeks. However, they gave into fear instead of trusting God to give them the victory. Similarly today, many of us have given into fear which has led us to the wilderness.
Fear causes us to regress and go backwards instead of forward which causes us to lose out on what God has for us. A whole generation regressed, except Caleb and Joshua, and had to pay the price of dying in the wilderness. They never made it to the Promised Land. The people who regressed exalted the circumstances instead of God. They didn't think God's plans were to prosper them and not to harm them. The Israelites constantly complained to Moses that God took them out of Egypt for them to die in the wilderness. However, the Israelites who died in the wilderness were punished because of their disobedience.
It takes boldness and courage to fulfill God's plan for our lives. God will give us the courage to make the first step to do what He has called us to. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "God has not given us a spirit of timidity or fear, but of power, love and a sound mind," (NIV). Isaiah 41:10 says, "Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand," (NIV).
We have to be correctly positioned to give birth to the promises of God. We need the God appointed doctors, midwives and helpers to birth the promises of God. God's plan is to prosper and not to harm us, but to give us a hope and future. Our hope and our future is found in Christ. Even as the would gets darker, as we are living in the end times, God's plan is still to prosper us. 3 John 1:2 says, "Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].
God invites us to pray and seek His face and He will make straight paths for our feet. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight," (NIV). God's plan is to prosper us, not to harm us but to give us a hope and a future. Be a voice for the gospel and let others know God created them to prosper them not to harm them. Wear Scriptures!