Jeremiah 23:9 - Jeremiah 33:22
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11
It is very important that we are reading what God actually said to his people. By misunderstanding God we set ourselves up for disappointment with God.
This verse does not say that God has plans for us for good. It says that he has thoughts and those thoughts are of peace. I have experienced chaos with an underlining peace that God was still in control.
All that happens to us is not good but we can have peace that God is right here with us and He knows how it will end, which will help us get through the trial we are going through. Who would have thought that God really wanted Israel to get settled in at Babylon and not fight and get out.
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3
If the people of Israel would not believe Jeremiah then how can we think we can figure out God and what he wants for our life. What we can find comfort in is that there is peace in knowing that God thoughts toward us are for peace. Peace, peace, wonderful peace.