The Most Important Thing To Remember As You Plan – Or Don’t Plan – For the Future


As the year begins many look forward to the future and many may dread it.

Some people are planners. You may have goals and plans for the new year – plans for our families or education or work. Some have no plans. Some may dread the future or feel hopeless. But we need to remember this, whether we have big plans or no plans: God has plans and purposes for us and they are wonderful.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8

God has good plans for us – plans for “welfare” – that is, plans to bless us. Plans to give us joy. Plans to give us a future and a hope.

And God has a purpose for each one of us. As he says in his word “the Lord WILL fulfill HIS purpose” for each of us. And He won’t stop until he has fulfilled his every design and good intention for us.

None of us has any idea what the future holds. We can make or not make any plans, that may or may not work out, but we can be absolutely certain that God has has works for us to walk in that he designed before the creation of the world. He has people for us to bless and influence, serve and help. He has kingdom work that has our names written on it. He has a place for you, people for you to be with, friends for you. He has gifts for you to use and good fruit for you to bear. He has “divine appointments” lined up for you this year that you could never imagine. And his great purpose for you is to make you like Christ and glorify himself through you.

So as the year begins, be encouraged and rejoice in your God who loves you unceasingly and is working in your life to fulfill his good plans for you.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.