Scripture: from verse 1
The rebellious children…make plans, but the plans are not Mine.
Observation: The more fool them. Jeremiah 29 says that God has plans for us and that His plans are for good, to give us a future and a hope. The problem with making our own plans is that they are much less likely to lead to a future and a hope.
It isn’t impossible, of course, since there are infinite plans to be made and infinite futures to reach. But life is a chaotic system, and the more we ignore the elements of God’s plan, the less likely our plan is to work out well. Astonishingly enough, we aren’t as good at planning as He is.
The plans God was speaking of involved alliance (very expensive alliance) with Egypt, which had wealth and power and might and wasn’t actually willing or able to do much in the way of supporting Israel. We have a bad habit of running around trying to find people who can help us (or who we think we can manipulate into helping us) when God has help already planned out.
In Israel’s case, if they turned back to God He’d stop sending the attacks and troubles that they needed help with in the first place. God can address the root of our problems when we can’t even see it. We treat the symptoms, but usually only God can go in and cure the disease.
Application: Make His plans yours, instead of the other way around.
Prayer: Father, I praise you because you can see all the strands of time. You are the only one who can reliably chart a course through life. Thank you for planning a good future for me. Help me to follow your plan instead of my own. Amen.