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Summary: Gods plan is providential, loving, it is a plan of action and a Spirit enabled plan.

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God’s Got a P.L.A.N.

Jeremiah 29:1-11

Introduction:

Life does not always turn out as we plan it.

Have you ever heard the story of “Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, Not good, Very Bad Day?”

Alexander was an 8 year old boy, and he had one of those days when everything went wrong, disasters one right after another. Nothing went right, it was Horrible, Terrible, Not good, Very Bad Day!’

Alexander woke up one morning, he discovered he had gone to bed with gum in his mouth and when he awoke it was in his hair. When he got out of bed he tripped over his skateboard and then dropped his sweater into the sink where the water was running.

He said, ‘I just knew it was going to be a Horrible, Terrible, Not good, Very Bad Day!’

Then Alexander went to school and it turned out to be horrible day there too.

After school he had a terrible expereince at the dentists office. Then came supper and he said

‘We had cauliflower for supper and I hate cauliflower! And on TV all I saw was huggin and kisin and I hate huggin and kissin.’

Then my bath water was too hot and I got soap in my eye and I almost lost my marble down the drain.

When I went to bed, my brother Nick took back the pillow he said I could have. And my Star Trek night light burned out, and I bit my tongue and the cat decided to sleep with Nick instead of me.

All in all, Alexander said, it was a Horrible, Terrible, Not good, Very Bad Day.

Is it any wonder that when Alexander came to the end of the day, he heaved a sigh and cried, ‘I think I will run away.”

I think all of us, at one point have felt like poor Alexander. All of us have had days filled with anxiety, stress and frayed nerves.

We’ve heard it said that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. It’s easy to agree …

WHEN WE LIKE THE PLAN!

But sometimes, God’s plan turns out to be different than what we were thinking.

You may be happily married with two kids. You have no intentions on having any more. But one day, you come home from work. And your wife says “Guess what? I just came back from the doctor. And we’re going to have two more kids! Isn’t this a blessing? Praise the Lord!”

Sometimes, God’s plan is different than what we were thinking.

Or maybe you have a job that you really like. A job that you’re good at. But one day, the boss says, “John, we need to make some changes. We’re going to have to let you go.” And you go home and say, “Lord, what is happening? I thought I was where you wanted me to be! I thought I was doing what you wanted me to do! What is going on?”

Sometimes, God’s plan is different than what we were thinking.

Or maybe someone you love is fighting cancer. You were counting on God to come through for your family just like He always has. You were counting on a miracle! But one morning, the doctor calls back with the test results that you don’t want to hear.

Sometimes, God’s plan is different than what we were thinking.


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