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September 3, 2021: His Plans Are Perfect

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jer. 29:11, NIV).

One Friday afternoon, I was given some devastating news that interfered with my cherished plans. I was emotionally distraught that evening, and still upset as I entered church Sabbath morning. As I listened to the pastor’s sermon, I struggled to maintain my composure. My husband’s comforting arm around my shoulder did little to stop the flow of my silent tears.

I was acquainted with Jeremiah 29:11 in the King James Version, but not in the New International Version—the translation the pastor was using in his sermon. It became clear that God was speaking to me through that sermon.

As I reflected on the text, I realized I was grieving over my plans, what I wanted to do, and not what God had planned for me. God’s plans are always better than ours, no matter how good we think our plans are. That “devastating” news became a blessing to me several months later. It was a lesson I have never forgotten.

Jeremiah 29:11 has become one of my favorite texts. It helps me remember that God is in control of my life. He wants me to rely on Him and to implement His plans. When I think of Joseph and Daniel and how they trusted God through the most trying of circumstances, it inspires me to seek and follow His will for me.

Father, You have my best interest at heart. You will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me to always implement Your plans. Amen.

Carole Smith is the head teacher at the Roanoke Adventist Christian School in Virginia.