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Devotionals

Well Laid Plans

“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

As human beings we are planners for the most part, at least I am. I’ve never been one to fly by the seat of my pants, but even if we are not the most organized of persons, we all have some idea of plans for our lives. We like to plan what we are going to eat, what we will be when we grow up, who we will marry, where we will live.  God most certainly had a plan set out before He set the earth into motion.  Sometimes plans suceed and sometimes they fail; even the best laid plans.

A builder would never begin to build a house without a blueprint, and first counting the cost. (Luke 14:28)

Sometimes when we try so hard to plan ahead it can cause stress. Not that it isn’t good to set goals; however, it can cause us to become anxious and lose sight of God’s hand. (Philippians 4:6)  Faith is the substance of things unseen…. (Hebrews 11:1)

“And now that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28

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

The Lord has a plan for our lives, and he cares about every little detail, more than we think.  We need to be open to hearing his word before we put our hands to the plow.  To do this we need to be in communication with Him, and reading his words as they are there to guide us.   Gods way is an easy narrow path, not a confusing one. (Matthew 7:14)  So if you are in a wilderness of confusion, time to stop and ask for directions.  God will never lead you astray, and He will never give you more than you can handle.

Assuredly we will make mistakes along the way, but God is always there to help us get back on track, and guide us toward his promises.

At times we are afraid to act on the plans that God has put into our hearts, because we feel we aren’t ready, or aren’t in the right place spiritually, physically or financially; however, if God puts something in your heart, He will always make a way. You are always perfectly situated for God’s best work.  On our own, even the best laid plans can go wrong, but God never fails.

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” – Robert Burns

Sometimes we fall into the trap of comparing our plans and/or our lives to other’s. I’ve often looked at some people and wrongfully thought, wow their lives just seem to unfold so perfectly, what is wrong with me that I’m always struggling? Why don’t I have what they have? Do I not deserve good things?

The bible warns us not to covet our neighbors lives, and jealousy can be a very dangerous place to live. (Exodus 20:17) In a sense when you do this, you are criticizing the life that God died for us to have. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and His plans for us are beyond amazing. (Psalm 139:14; John 3:16; John 10:10)

I’ve quarreled with God in the past over the fact that people around me seem to have grown up with perfect parents, their schooling was provided for them, they never lacked, they end up with good jobs, get married, have children, just a seamless series of life events with no hiccups. The problem is that what we see on the outside isn’t always the truth. That person may have the best of everything sure, but no one’s life is perfect, we are all flawed. Some of these lives are completely void of God, so what happens when these things fail to make us content?

God chastised me for my thoughts, and rightly so. I felt that my life was passing me by and I’d made too many mistakes, learning things the hard way. People continuously asking me hey don’t you want to have kids? Don’t you want to become more? God reminded me that my life is not the exact same as someone elses, and regardless of how my life has turned out thus far, it is a gift and a blessing, and unique in the way God has purposed it. There is no mirror of a perfect life, and that is the thing we get wrong. There is so much more to life than to go to school, become successful, gain stuff, get married and have babies.

Sure I have made countless mistakes in my life that probably delayed God’s outcomes for my life, but I did not, nor can I ruin His plan, it is still in effect even if it takes me longer to get there. The Israelite’s certainly slowed the hand of God with their complaining and detours, but they did not stop the hand of God. His promises are still in effect regardless of our free will and our actions/mistakes, as long as He is lord of our lives, He will work all things for good and we will learn and become stronger in the process. God knows the hiccups we will make along the way. He knew that Adam and Eve would sin; He had a plan in place to save us long before we ever knew sin. Isn’t God amazing?

And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind! 1 Samuel 15:29

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3

I am still figuring out God’s plan for my life bit by bit, and in a sense it’s kind of exciting that I don’t know all of what will take place. The fact that things haven’t lined up perfectly the way “I” think they should, or the way “the world,” says it should, is of no importance.

The important thing, is that I am alive and well, and in that way God has blessed me beyond measure already. He died for my sins so that I can have eternal life. So that I can have life abundantly…. I’ve been sick for the past two weeks with a bad virus, and haven’t been able to do much. It caused me to sit and really evaluate my life. Sometimes when you slow down and take note, you will see the blessings that you already have. I am learning to be thankful, and rejoice for every day is a new day to do something for God. He has gifted us with a set of talents and abilities unlike any other. No one else can do what God have given YOU to do. So let’s stop looking around, and worrying about the future, and start thanking God that He holds our tomorrow, and has already put in place the most perfect plan for our lives. Be blessed.

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