Scripture reading: Romans 8:28–30
Key verse: Jeremiah 29:11
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God reminds us that He has a plan for our lives (Jer. 29:11). This is an important word of encouragement. But often we worry what His plan is and how we can achieve it. While goals are very important because they help to set a positive tone for our lives, they should never take the place of true love and devotion to the Savior.
Establish your goals with God in mind. In Romans 8:28–30, the Lord underscores the fact that He truly has His eye on our lives. Every detail is woven together so that the outcome will be beautiful.
Sorrows, heartaches, and failures play an important part in your life, as do the times when you achieve great accomplishments. Set your goals and live by faith in God. Trust Him to guide you as you dream of good things for the future. Be sure each goal you set is something He would approve. Prayer is vital to goal setting.
When you pray, ask the Lord to make you sensitive to His desires for your future. If you find yourself doing something that is not in keeping with His plan for your life, abandon it immediately.
Be encouraged! God will never leave you without direction and hope. Seek Him, and He will guide you. Remember, some goals take a long time to achieve. But the Captain of your soul is a God of love, who has wonderful blessings in store for you!
Heavenly Father, I praise You for the blessings You have in store for me!