Itís very easy when thinking about Godís plan for our lives to have the attitude: ďitís all about me.Ē Yes, itís true that God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. In fact, Jesus said that even the hairs on our heads are numbered.

We can also mistakenly think that Godís plan is always going to be a ďfeel goodĒ plan with the intent to make us happy. Jeremiahís message in these verses is actually radically different. Heís writing to a group of people who are being held captive, and are in exile from their homeland. Heís writing to let them know that although theyíre not where they would have expected, nor where they would have asked God to place them, God has not forgotten them and He still has a plan for their lives. Even in the midst of a difficult situation, God wants them to know His plans. In the preceding verses we see that a big part of Godís plan is for them to ďseek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exileĒ (Jeremiah 29:7). In other words, God wants them to know that His plans are not just to benefit them personally. Godís also telling them that Heís not removing them from the situation immediately. He does promise to eventually restore them, but itís not coming quickly (70 years out when many of them will be dead). Godís letting them know they can move forward, because in the eternal picture, Godís justice will prevail and everything will even out.

Today, in the midst of difficult situations, God wants us to know He has a plan. He also wants us to know that as we submit to His plan that He desires to use us to bless the world around us. The key still remains during both good and difficult times: You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

How does God want you to trust His plan in the midst of lifeís daily difficulties? How does God want to use you to be a blessing to others?