By now, everyone has heard Drake’s song, God’s Plan. He talks about how people wish bad things on him hoping that he will fail. However, at the end of the day, he is sure that God’s plan for his life will continue. We may can sing this song verbatim, but when it really matters, do we really believe in God’s plan? Can we stand confidently knowing that no matter what is thrown our way, God has already factored it into our life?
So when the bills need to be paid and the money is not there, can you say God has a plan? When you get laid off of your job, are you confident that He is your provider? If someone walks out of your life and your heart is broken, do you trust that God is working things out in your favor?
To be honest, in a difficult season, I’ve asked God “How can this happen to me? This was not a part of the plan I had for my life.” I felt defeated and my confidence was shaken. It even seemed as if there was no use in even trying. I felt that all my good efforts were in vain. However, as I continued to seek Him for answers, I came to understand that God never approved my plans.
Yeah….that stung me too. 😐
“What do you mean? I do what is right. I’m living how the bible says I should. So how could God not approve my plans?” It is because His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. He knows what we don’t know about our plans and He sees the end from the beginning. By all means, this is not to say don’t make plans for your life. It is more so to submit these plans to God first before following through on them. Before packing to move to another city, for what may be a great job opportunity, ask God if this is a part of His plan. When entering a new relationship, ask God if this person is suppose to be a part of your future. The problem we have is that we are scared to talk to God about our plans. We don’t want to hear the possibility of Him telling us…
“No. Stop. Wait.”
If we don’t ask, then we can continue on with our regularly scheduled program. Ooohh but trust me, you would rather hear from God in the beginning before investing years on a plan that won’t work in the long. You may ask, if God doesn’t want me to do it, why won’t He block me from doing it? The answer is that He gave us “free will” to make our own choices. Yes, there are times He will allow things to fall a part before they begin, but sometimes we must be tested to learn a lesson.
More often than not, there were signs that God gave us which we ignored or excused. The Lord gave me plenty of signs in certain situations, but because of the “I feel” emotion, I excused it. Later, I paid for it heavily. Emotions are often temporary, therefore don’t make a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling.
Stop trusting yourself so much!
Remember, we are all flawed and imperfect. This has nothing to do with intelligence, but all in knowing that our Creator knows everything and knows us better than we know ourselves. We all have access to God’s word and it is just like having the answers to the test. If you want to know God’s plans for your life, open up the bible and search for it. No matter what tragedy we may have to face or endure, it is all a part of His plan for your life. God has equipped us all to succeed and prosper, but we can’t do it alone. Carrie Underwood said it best “Jesus Take The Wheel”. Give up control and let God take over. Even if you are skeptical about the powers of God, what do you have to lose by seeking His help? You may not know what to do but believe that He does. Trust that God has a plan for your life, and that no matter what may happen, His plan will prevail.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV