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.
I’m just noticing something in this cherished verse. It is that God knows His plans for us, but we don’t. We can know by faith that they are plans for welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and hope. But we can’t know the plans themselves. And we do not know. Furthermore, by faith in Christ, we have a future no matter what happens to us on earth.
As I am, these last few days, part of an amazing team working very hard to facilitate the honoring of two American heroes who lost their lives putting service before self, I have been thinking a lot about plans. These men had plans. Their loved ones had plans for them. By losing them, they all lost all their plans. And this, all by itself, is no small thing to lose. Combined with the actual loss of a husband, son, father, friend… it can really add to the devastation. Perhaps this is why God encourages us by reminding us that His great plans for us can’t even be frustrated by our own deaths. This is, again, why we call the Gospel good news. This is small comfort for those in the throes of grief, perhaps, at least today, but in the days and years to come, perhaps not. It’s amazing how encouraging it is to know that HE knows HIS plans… and they are good ones.