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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
If God says he has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, you should be able to trust him. Yet so often we want to take control of our life rather than handing control of it to Him, and when we do this with saying in a sense, “God, I simply can’t trust you.”
As worship leaders many of us would be familiar with this verse, and we recognize that God has a plan to prosperous and give us a hope and a future. It is one thing to quote this first on stage as we lead worship, but it is another thing to live our life in a way that declares its truth.
In ministry, we’ll often very tempted to take matters into our own hands, and make decisions that we hope will further our ministry without ever really praying or consulting God. We look at this verse in isolation and say to ourselves, ”God will prosper me in whatever I choose to do.” However, when you look at the verse in context, this is not what God is saying!
God is explaining that He has a plan to prosper us, and that it’s a wonderful plan that will give us a hope and a future. But in the very next two verses, the Lord instructs us to call upon Him, pray and seek him with all our heart. These calls to action are probably more important than the promises we love to quote when we are leading worship.
I believe that the Lord does have a plan and purpose for your life, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. You will discover this plan when you call on Him, pray to Him and seek Him with all your heart because when you seek the Lord like that, your will is conformed to His will and He can truly lead you into a wonderful and prosperous future!