Someone once said, “If you want to make God laugh, then tell him your plans.” The statement suggests that our plans, even our best laid out ones, cannot see the bigger picture of our lives in the way that God does. Our vision for our lives is so limited. We can only see our lives at street level. God sees our lives from above and from a greater vantage point.
In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet shared this truth when God spoke to him, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah spoke these words to the people of Israel who felt that their lives were in total chaos and where nothing was certain, and the future was one of fear.
Sometimes in our lives, life can become chaotic and uncertain when our lives are not going the way that we planned them out. Now God does not literally laugh at our lives in such a state, but God does seek to reassure us that He is still in control and that God can see further down the road than we ever could on this side of heaven. In faith we have to trust our lives to the one who gives us life, sustains our lives, and prepares a future for our lives. Hence, regardless of how our lives may look at any given moment; good to go or seemingly falling apart, God is working out his will. Faith is learning to trust God in every area of lives. The writer of Hebrews offers us this wonderful promise, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” God has a plan for each person’s life. We are not driftlessly at sea, but God knows where we are headed, and as Jeremiah said we have “a future with a hope.”