“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11
We can be assured that no matter what we are going through, God’s ultimate purpose and plans for those who love Him, are good. His plans and purpose are good, because He loves those who fear and love Him.
But we can only experience God’s intention of peace, His intentions of a bright future and a hope, if Christ is Lord over our lives and if His will takes precedence over every other thing and every other aspect in our lives.
Even though God’s plans for our lives are good, He will not impose His will upon anyone. The extent to which His plans are fulfilled in our lives is determined by the extent to which we are willing to submit and obey.
There is a fundamental law of sowing and reaping here. We cannot follow the influences and the ways of the world and then expect God’s good purpose and intentions of peace to be fulfilled in our lives.
Christ came that we may have life and have it more abundantly, while the devil’s intentions is to kill, destroy and to seek whom he may devour.
When we make Christ the centre of our lives and submit to his purpose and His, then his good intentions lives will be fulfilled. When we reject Christ, treat Him with indifference or outrightly rebel against him, then it is the enemy’s purpose play out in our lives.
In every man’s life is a single throne and whoever sits upon that throne will direct the course of our lives in this world and our destiny in eternity. Our physical bodies are confined to this world but our souls will never die. Our souls will go on to exist for all eternity either with God or separated from Him, either in eternal light or eternal darkness.
It is because the eternal price of a man’s soul is so great that Christ had to give His own life so that no one would ever have to pay that price, face that destiny or be in an eternity separated from God.
It all comes down to the fact that we will reap what we sow.
If we sow into Christ, or are “planted” in Him, then we will reap all the benefits and spiritual blessings he promises. But if we reject him and instead firmly “plant” ourselves into this world, then all we reap is the emptiness and confusion that this world brings.
Enjoying the spiritual blessings that Christ promises requires complete and total obedience to him. Not partial obedience but complete obedience.
Complete obedience is not possible through our own efforts or attempts. Complete obedience is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. But for the Holy Spirit to work, we ourselves must first truly desire to obey.