‘I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you…plans to give you hope and a future…pray to Me, and I will listen to you’ (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV).
Before we make our own plans for this year, lets listen and see if we can find out what God’s plan is.
The following is an extract from one of my previous articles:
God wants what is “good” for his creation as a whole. With humans though he has a special relationship. Humans are destined to be his covenant partners, and as a result he desires them to experience a relationship-based partnership with him. God was so serious about wanting to restore his loving relationship with the people he had created, that he was willing to allow his only Son to experience death in order to make a way for people to come back to him. Understanding that God passionately longs for good things for his people is vital to being an active participant in the faith based community of God.
The prophet Jeremiah also tells of God’s “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11b) The prophet goes on in verses 12 and 13 to describe how God’s plans involve humans being in relationship with him:
“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.”
Paul reiterates this desire of the Lord’s by saying: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
The partnership aspect of this can be seen more clearly in an alternate, but equally valid, translation of the first part of Romans 8:28, “…in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good.” 
It becomes clear that God has the future in his hands. Having faith in God though requires believing that the future he holds is good and built from a love the Father has for people. This means seeing, that no matter what is happening today, God is leading both the individual and the group towards a better end. The fact that humans are fallible, innately sinful and mistakes will be made does not change God’s good intentions towards people.
Knowing that God loves people and that he desires good for them allows faith to grow and people to begin to have, “… confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
In closing, if this confidence in God is going to positively impact on believer’s lives it needs to be part of their decision making process. That is, for people to have a relationship with God they need to look for the intervention of God to happen and they will need to make changes in response to the Godly intervention when it occurs. In turn if the direction God desires is known than it would be wise to head towards that, in faith, confident that God passionately loves people and he has a plan for each person and a strong desire to give them a hope and a future.