[T]he Lord will guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you will be like a well watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters never fail ~Isaiah 58:11
I’ve heard it said that “some people live and die and never fulfill the plan of God for their lives.” What a horrible thought! I hope I will never be one of those people.
Well, Jeremiah 29:11 from the New International Version says, “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.” The New Living Translation renders it, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” And The Message puts it, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Which ever translation you read, God is promising you that He has great plans for each of us. He has everything planned out to the finest detail. Our problem is that we want make our own plans rather than let God make them for us.
Maybe you’re sitting there wondering why things have turned out the way they have—or the way you thought they should have. You may be frustrated with your life. You may be consumed and all torn up with worry. Well, have you stopped doing what you’re doing and asked God what His plan is for your life? Or, are you so busy working out your own plans?
That’s where we mess things up, you know. Proverbs 19:3 says, “People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does GOD always get blamed?” We’re so busy planning our own lives, we don’t stay sensitive to the voice of our Father and ask Him for His guidance and wisdom.
Yehoveh is standing by, ready and willing to direct our lives. But we have to give Him permission to do that. How grieved our Heavenly Father must be when we’re going down the wrong path, and the whole time He wants to get us back on the right one.
When we’re following God’s plan step-by-step, He doesn’t give us the whole picture; He hands out one piece of the puzzle at a time. Our problem is that too many times we’re not satisfied with the puzzle piece we have at the moment. We want all the pieces right from the beginning.
Suppose you ask me how to get to my house. I tell you to go down to such-and-such street, turn right, drive down the road to the third light, (ignore the blinking light you see), just go to the traffic light. Then drive down a little further, you’ll see a big school . . . and on-and-on. Wouldn’t it be easier for me to ride with you? When we reach a street we need to turn at, I just say, “turn left at the light.” Wouldn’t that make your journey easier?
Or think of a slow-cooker rather than a microwave oven. The path that He wants for us may seem like the long way around, but that path molds us, softens us, and makes us what He wants us to be. I can put a pot roast in a microwave and it wil be done faster, but the meat will be tough and hard to chew. If I put that same roast in a slow-cooker and leave it in there all day, the meat will be tender and full of flavor. That’s the way it is with our lives. God will take you down a path that will cause us to be much more tender and “flavorful”—but only if we follow His plan rather than taking a shortcut.
Granted, you may not understand why God has you where He does right now. Maybe your world is being turned upside down. Well, all you can do is to be honest of the Lord. Just say, “Father, I can’t figure out the road you are taking me down, so I’m just going to have to just trust You and let You be the navigator of my life.” Certainly it will be difficult for you, and at the time you may want to question the Lord. That’s okay!
I better warn you, though. When you give up being the conroller of your life you may discover that things get worse instead of better. That’s okay. Although, be warned that the enemy will try to get you to focus on that, rather than on being faithful to your Lord—he wants to pull you away from trusting the Lord and get into the arena of human reasoning. When that happens—and it will happen—it’s absolutely imperative that you take time to pray and listen to the voice of your Father—because he is taking you down a path that is for your good and not for disaster.
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