Everyone loves this scripture. Some a little too much. What does this verse say? What does it not say?
It says God has a plan.
It doesn't say that God has adopted your plan.
It says that God His plan is for good, not for evil - ever.
It doesn't say that you will be exempt from temptation.
It says that He has your future planned out for you.
It doesn't say that it is an easy plan.
It says God will give you hope.
It doesn't' say what that hope will look like.
Too often we try to convince God to bless our mess. We think that we have our best intentions in mind, but all we are doing is being selfish. God's plan for you is more significant than you. When God asks you to do something, it ought to take your breath away. When God shows you His plan for your life, it ought to make your mind boggle. You should be asking questions like, "How?" or "Who me?" If these things are happening, you're probably on the right track.
What we need to steer clear of is this. Thinking too small. Thinking about our comfort. Thinking with a scarce mentality. If God has a plan for you, and he does, then discover what it is and get on with it.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, show me your will today. AMEN