For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The thing that scares us about the future is that we do not know what the future is to bring. When the future becomes the present we feel that we can then do something, but we are not in charge of the future.
There is one who does know the plans for the future - the Lord. God told Jeremiah what those plans are.
1) Wholeness. Apart from Christ we are apart from God, from fellow believers and we are only a part of something that is not whole. In Christ we are made whole, body and soul.
2) Not for evil. While it may seem this phrase is simply the antithesis of wholeness, that is only in part. God does not plan evil for us. Evil is result of sin - sin we commit - sin in a fallen world. It is not part of God’s plan.
3) To give you a future. We actually have a future. The old Beatles song touts “living for today”. How sad! Because of Christ we have time AND eternity.
4) To give you a hope. When we made the announcement of our retirement I said, “Some will be glad, some will be sad, and some will be mad.” The surety of the Gospel gives us hope because we are led in Word and Sacrament by the Holy Spirit. He is our guide and His means of grace are our guideposts.
1 Chron. 29:11-13
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.