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God's plans are for your good

Will we trust God? It's not as easy as it sounds.

Joseph had a dream of greatness. Then his brothers sold him into slavery. After that he was falsely accused and thrown in prison. Then he was forgotten by people he had helped. If you were Joseph, would you trust God's plan when you were stuck in prison for a crime you didn't commit?

Abraham was told he would be the father of nations. Twenty years later, he and Sarah still had no children together. If you were Abraham or Sarah, would you trust God if the promise hadn't come true after twenty years?

When Israel was conquered and taken into captivity by Babylon, Jeremiah told the captives to "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile. . . for in its welfare you will find your welfare." If you heard that, would you trust God?

Would you trust that God's plans were good if you were in captivity and Jeremiah announced, "Surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope"? (Jeremiah 29:7-13, NRSV)

This question about trusting God is not just related to the big things in your life. It's important for the small things as well. When you feel God prompting you to talk to someone, will you trust that God's plans are good? Or will you ignore the prompting?

Be encouraged by the video below!

God, thank you that your plans for us are so much better than we could ever imagine. Help us to trust you. We praise you. Amen.

Reflection questions

What are some recent disappointments in your life? Will you trust God with them?

When you feel prompted to do something good for others, do you take action or just ignore the idea?


Trusting God is not as easy as it sounds. In big and small things, we face the question: do we believe that God is good?



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La Jolla Lutheran Church is 14 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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