I was praying this morning about the future. Unfortunately, my anxiety makes me live there, in the what ifs & fear of things I don’t want to happen, but know I can’t control.
As I was praying, this verse popped in my head. While I know it’s often taken out of context, I really enjoyed a sermon that Charles Spurgeon did on it & I wanted to share a small snippet of it for those of you who might share the same future-fearing trait.
There was so much more I wanted to include that's very important, but was too long to for the caption. So I’d also like to encourage you to Google “Charles Spurgeon God’s Thoughts of Peace, and Our Expected End” & read the entire sermon yourself. “I know the plans I have for you.” — The point here is that the Lord still had plans for them. The Lord never forgets His own.
This truth, although it is easy spoken, is not readily comprehended in the fullness of its joy. Nor is it always believed as it should be. These people in captivity were likely to fear that their God had forgotten them; therefore the Lord repeated His words in this place & speaks of His plans more than once. His words are repeated, as to seem almost redundant, out of a desire to make His people feel absolutely sure God still had plans for them. All the Lord was to do toward them was carefully planned. & then the Lord goes one a step further—the Lord would have us know that His plans for us are settled & definite. This is part of the intent of the words “I know the plans I have for you.” With the Lord there is neither question nor debate. His plan is settled & He adheres to it. Now we are prepared to go even a step further, namely, that God’s plans toward His people are always plans for their well-being. His thoughts “are not for disaster.”
Still more, the Lord’s plans are all working toward an expected end, “to give you a future & a hope.”
God is working with a motive. All things are working together for one objective—the good of those who love God. God sees not only what He is doing but what will come of what He is doing.
As our present pain & grief, God saw not these, but He saw the future joy and usefulness that will come of them.— Charles Spurgeon