My Plans vs. His Plans

Take a minute and read through these verses:

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer . . . Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed . . . We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:1, 3, 9

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Proverbs 20:24

Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; Calling a bird of prey from the east,The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” Isaiah 46:9-11

Do you notice a common theme? You should, and if you didn’t, try reading through them again.  As I was reading Proverbs 16 I noticed that those three separate verses seemed to echo a similar message; God’s plan will always prevail.  As I did some further digging I found other verses that say almost the exact same thing.  Why would God put the same thing over and over again in Scripture?  Well obviously it must be something important, but also I think it is because He knows us pretty well.  I mean, He is the one who made us.  God knows that for some reason we tend to forget His promises all too easily, so he made a point of repeating this theme of God’s plan over and over.

In my life I can recount so many times when God proved his faithfulness.  He showed me that I can trust him because He always has a plan and no matter what His will always prevails in my life (whether I want it to or not). 564e7-959393_8761048_lz

So why do I still have a hard time trusting him?  I think it is because I forget to remember and think upon the things He has done in my life. Instead of looking at all the times He has come through, which has been always, I look at my current circumstance going, “I don’t see a way for this to work.” If I think about it there have been many points in my life where I have thought the very same thing and God made a way.

For example, I decided to go on a mission trip a few years ago, and I only had about 3 months to raise $4,500. I looked at that situation and said God I don’t know how you’re going to do this, but I’m putting this in your hands and trusting you, even when I had people telling me that this wasn’t a good idea or that it would be impossible. And you know what? God provided me with more than enough money through the generosity of many people. Towards the end when I only needed about $300 I had someone say that they were willing to donate an amount way over $300 if I needed it, and when I heard that, my eyes teared up just thinking about the provision of God.

So as I look at my life now, I know God has given me a dream to do something that I do not see possible to accomplish right now. It can be easy to put in the back of my mind, but God again reminded me, He is faithful.

I can try to make my own plans, but in the end His plan will prevail. There is no need to worry that God’s purpose is anything but good for us for it says in Matthew 7:11, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give good gifts to those who ask him.” It also says in Luke 12:31-32, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

This dream of mine is something I have had for a while and I am pretty sure it’s not going away. So what do I do about it? I guess I have to trust God, because even though I don’t understand right now, like it says in Proverbs 20:24, God will lead me in the right direction. When God plants a dream inside of us, it is part of His plan, and as it says in the passage from Isaiah, “Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Take a moment and think back to times in your life when God has been faithful or provided you with a need, and write these things down.  Put them somewhere where you will see them often.  This will help you to remember who God is, and that if He was faithful to fulfill His promises before, He will be faithful now until the end of time.

Prayer: God, help me to remember your faithfulness. When I don’t understand, give me faith and help me to trust in you because you have a plan for my life. Even though I may make my own plans, help me to release them if they are getting in the way of the plans you have for me. Help me to remember that your plans are far greater than anything I could ever imagine. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”