By: Tanya Staton
Sometimes we find that God’s plan is not our plan. When the spirit of God deals with us over our plans, we sometimes feel like it puts a monkey wrench into everything and yet God is an all-knowing God . He knows what’s best.
This week I’ve been thinking about the times I had plans or my children had plans and God changed them. Sometimes God lets us walk out most of our plan and then right near the end He spoke to us saying this was not His way, this was not His plan, this was not what He wanted.
We are faced with a choice of being obedient to God or being self-willed. Sometimes it’s very hard to make the right choice, but when we truly love God and truly want His will in our life we must look to Him and say “yes Lord” . We must put our will down and our plans aside so that He can put His plan into action for us.
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)
God’s plan for us is always good He loves us so much. He does not want to hurt us or harm us. What God wants is to give us a good future. He is an all-knowing God. This means He holds our future in His hand and He knows everything that will happen and everything that won’t. He knows what will make us happy. He knows every step that has been ordered by Him. He knows the open doors and the closed doors. God is an all-knowing God.
You may be going through something in your life that’s hard. You know that God’s plan is not your plan. You want to go one way and God wants you to go another way. Sometimes it seems to be just a test of obedience but in reality it’s a test of our love for God and our willingness to do what He wants us to do. Look at Abraham, he took Isaac up on the mountain. He was going to sacrifice his own son. Can you imagine how hard that must have been for him? He laid his son up on a sacrificial altar to sacrifice him to God and yet God had a lamb in the bush for the sacrifice. Abraham was obedient even in given his own son up and yet God still had a lamb in the bush. God has a plan for you too. He has a lamb in the bush for you. I encourage you to be obedient to God even though it may seem to be the hardest thing in your life right now. For God has a lamb in the bush just for you. God has a better plan. God knows the future. God holds your life. He wants you to have a good life, a happy life, a prosperous life. He wants you to be happy.
We have to realize that in God “all things are possible to him that believes”.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
My daughter came to me years ago, two weeks before she was to get married. She woke me up early on a Sunday morning. I will never forget what she said. “ Mom I haven’t been able to sleep because God has been dealing with me all night. I know God does not want me to marry this man. I don’t know what to do.” She was crying so hard. She was not sure which way to go. She was so worried about the money that had been spent for the wedding. She was worried about what people would think. I looked at her and I put my arms around her and I told her “Tiffany obey God, it is more important to obey God then to worry about the money that we have spent or what people will think”.
We can’t afford to worry about what people think when God changes our plan because when God changes our plan it’s always for the better. My daughter now has three children and with a man that loves her and cares for her. It has not been an easy road. But God knew the plan He had for her. It was not her original plan. It was a different plan and yet God has given her three beautiful gifts through her children and a man that has stood with her through much. God knew that she would need a man that would love her through everything she’s had to face in life. God gave her a strong man.
Don’t forget that God knows the future. Don’t forget that he has given his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways least you make a mistake, least you choose the wrong thing. His angels are there to support you and to hold you up. The Bible says he will never leave you neither will he forsake you.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
So when we make plans, let’s not get upset if God throws a monkey wrench into it. Don’t get mad at God if He deals with you to change your plans, because His plan is so much better. The Bible says that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways better than our ways.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Sometimes we may not see it right away but God is true to His promises. He is faithful to His children. He is here to see you through every situation in life. Just know that if you have to change your plans because God has a different plan for you, a different thought towards you, or a different way for you to go, it’s okay. In the natural money spent can be replaced in the natural changing plans is a natural thing but being obedient to God is a spiritual thing. We are to walk in the Spirit, not in the natural. We are to be led by the Spirit of God and not by ourselves or by men. We are God’s children. He knows what’s best. So if you’re going through something right now, if God is dealing with you about doing something different or doing something that is not in your plan, it’s ok. Change your plan! For God is a God of love. He loves you so much, He will not harm you, He will not hurt you, He will not mess your life up, because His plan for you is to prosper you and to give you a good future.