Editor's note: This is a corrected version of a column that ran in the April 24 edition of the newspaper, and contained an inadverdent, typographical error that altered a key point in the article. We apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.
One of the most wonderful truths in life is the fact that God loves every single person, every life, and every soul that lives, and not only does He love us, but He does have a perfect plan for our individual lives.
Is this not a fantastic thought. God loves even you and me, no matter how bad or lost I am or you are, no matter what we have done, He loves us, and He wants with all His heart, for us to love Him and to believe in Him, and the plans He has for our individual lives.
Listen, as He speaks to us from His Holy Word, Jeremiah 29: 11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
He does have great plans for our lives and He waits with great expectancy for each of us to come to Him, believing He exists, believing in His Word and willing to trust Him to keep His promises.
He wants to have a faithful relationship with each person, but we must choose to have faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His very life that we might have this relationship.
Is it so hard to believe that God loves you and has made a unique plan for your life, one that will fit your individual life, your talents, and He desires to make something good and pleasing of your life?
Listen again, as He speaks to you from the sacred pages of His Holy Word. Psalms 37:4-5: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart, commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this."
To "delight yourself in the Lord" means you believe in Him and trust Him and love Him with all your heart; you admit your sin and ask Him to forgive you in the name of Jesus Christ, who died for the remission of your sins.
God will hear the sincere prayer of the repentant sinner and will give you His gift of eternal life. After praying to God and being forgiven, tell Him you love Him and want to develop a closer relationship with Him.
This is the threshold of entering His plan of life for you. Now, He wants you to study His Word, the Holy Bible, and as you do, He will reveal many things to you -- how to live your life according to His principles, how to get along with others, how to speak to Him through prayer and how He will speak to you through the Bible.
He wants you to be a member of His church and to have the joy of fellowship with other Christians, as you worship Him and learn more about Him from sermons and Bible study. As you grow and progress in the knowledge of the Lord, He will challenge you to commit your life to Him completely, so He can lead you into ways of serving Him.
These will be areas you have gifts and talents for, and which you enjoy doing. One thing He will certainly want you to do is to share with others how He has loved you and changed your life. As you witness for Him, He will bless your life with success and happiness.
One of the greatest feelings you will ever have in your life will come as you see others coming to Christ as the result of your testimony and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, God has great plans for your life and He will develop you into the person you want to be as He leads you with His wise counsel. If you are not a Christian now, please do yourself the greatest favor ever, and determine to become a Christian today!
He will forgive you (1st John: 1:9). He will accept your humble prayer and He will lead you into a great relationship with Him. He will guide you into the most productive and successful life, and you will find delight in life as you love and serve Him. I know, for I speak from experience. I am the result of His plan.