“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” (Jeremiah 29:11).
God has a plan for you. In fact, that’s why we talk about “the plan of salvation.” God planned to send his Son into the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. What God planned in eternity, He carried out in time. Amid the evil plans of men, amid the worst miscarriage of justice, God gathered all the world’s disappointment and sin into one bundle and carried it off to a cross, left it in His tomb, and came forth alive forevermore with His foot on the neck of the last enemy. His plan came perfectly to pass.
You who believe this know that God has a plan for you. Before time was, God set His love on you and planned to make you His child. This, too, He has carried out in time, hasn’t He? Through Word and Sacrament He has engendered faith in your heart, opened your eyes to see Jesus as your Savior, brought you forth from the captivity of sin, death and the devil. He has also planned an eternal future for you. He plans to get you safely home again. You can count on it, says St. Paul, that “those He predestined, He also called; those He called, he also justified; those he justified He also glorified.” So certain is God’s plan to get you home that He speaks of it in the past tense – “glorified” – as though you had already arrived there!
No matter how poorly your own plans may turn out, no matter how badly your hopes are derailed by disappointments, God has a plan for you, to eternally prosper you, to give you hope and a future.