Dave Ens pastor One88.org2,600 years ago the Babylonians demanded taxes and Israel refused so Nebuchadnezzar conquered and enslaved Israel.
Daniel was one of the slaves.
By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.
Psalms 137:1 CSB
For I know the plans I have for you" — this is the Lord 's declaration — "plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 CSB
God wants the best for us. His plans trip us up. We want our own plans to comfort us in knowing what's happening or going to happen. Control of the future.
We make plans for a good day and good results. We think we know what plans God should make for us. Can we hear what God is saying? Even if we are busy?
Do we accept God's plan? He knows the plans he has for us.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways." This is the Lord's declaration. "For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 CSB
plan, design, devise,
God can only work with you in the place you are. We need to take each other's well being into account.