By Chance or by Design?
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Have you ever wondered what has led you to the point where you are in life? Why did you go to the college you did or why do you have the job you have? Is it all by chance? Life just kind of happens? There were points in my life where I asked myself, How did I get here? or What am I doing here? What should I be doing or where am I going?
I often wondered, does God really care about me and have a plan for me? It’s interesting that we often view prophecy as this idea of gloom and doom or that it is about everyone except me. Consider this prophecy of a young boy back in Jeremiah 1:4-5, “Then the word of the Lord came to me saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’”
Prophecy is about God’s plan for mankind—God’s plan for you.
This story of Jeremiah, who many believe was around the age of 14 at this time, shows us something important about our relationship with God. God didn’t just have a special relationship with Jeremiah—He wants a special relationship with you as well. God is dealing with and working with each of us. He has a plan and a purpose for you and for me. It might not be to be a prophet to the nations, but God has a plan for us, He has called us and placed us into His Church for a purpose. Just like He had an important plan for Jeremiah from his birth, He also has a special purpose for us if we are willing to follow Him and accept His calling.
God has a personal interest and a plan for your life. Notice what He says His plan is for you in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Not only does God have thoughts and plans for your life, but they are awesome, they are of a future and a hope. God is telling you that He has an awesome plan for you if you are willing to trust Him and do it His way.
This idea of God’s plan for each person is really what prophecy is all about. Prophecy is about God’s plan for mankind, God’s plan for you. It is personal, because we have a God who is personal and cares about you, who has a plan for you. God’s plan isn’t some boring life or a life of restrictions, but a life of adventure, challenge and a hope.
So, I challenge you to draw close to God, study His Word, talk to Him in prayer, and ask Him to show you His plan for you. Then go get it, live the life God has planned for you. You are here for a reason.