Trusting God’s Plan

Posted on Aug 05 , 2014 in Faith & God's Word & Life Lessons

Trusting God’s Plan

© By Brad L Hodges

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

How often have you questioned God’s plan for your life?

Let me answer that for you based on the commonality of humanity; a lot, I’m sure.

For me it has most often happened when I see one nearly complete scenario for my life beginning to unfold, where I envision a utopia where everything I ever wanted comes together in a magnificent cornucopia.

In those times I have even convinced myself God’s hand was firmly forming the clay that would result in a veritable pottery barn of happiness, plenitude and atonement for all past delusions of my life as I saw it.

The two most significant examples in my own life of standing at the edge of the promised land however, had polar opposite Christ-like attitudes and approaches attached to them.

One of them was based on what I desired so badly I could see it into perpetuity for my life and I was thus blinded by “me,” devoid of God establishing my steps in the matter. I was so consumed by thinking I knew it was best for me that I even laminated God’s will onto the surface of it convinced He was the painter and not my own selfish and flawed construction ethics.

When it predictably tumbled down on me in complete failure like a wood frame house in a hurricane, I was completely devastated and it left permanent scars on my psyche that are still there many years later. Even though in retrospect I can see my will and not God’s enveloping the event and understanding the totality of that wrong approach, I am still shaken by my own failed intuition.

Have you ever experienced this kind of situation in your own life?

The other example had potentially equally life altering consequences, I yearned for it as much, could again see it into perpetuity but this time I fully and completely committed it to what God had in His plan for my life, not what I desired in a role of director, editor and soundtrack producer in the cinematic unfolding before me.

I proceeded to follow the necessary tangible steps that would result in the culmination of the vision before me, but this time at each stage I entered it with sincere prayer that if and only if it was the will of God for my life in whole and on the path of His future and hope for me, not mine, that it would result in success.

Ultimately after following a logical human path that would have yielded the results my humanity desired, the process failed and I had to move on.

Of course I was disappointed when the efforts fell flat because again, I truly hungered for the end outcome, but I had an inner peace that it was absolutely and unquestionably God’s will that it not culminate. I was able to confidently and with no remorse leave it behind and move forward to the next juncture in the path God had for me.

Two years after this split in the road of my life, where God had guided my steps in another direction, I was again at a major crossroads in my pilgrimage. This time, after learning and retaining the previous lesson of allowing God to work in my life and not trying to be the architect, I once more turned it all over to God at each step and this time I witnessed the miraculous ways God can work in one’s life to make a seemingly impossible scenario, from a human perspective, come true because it was part of His Master Plan for my life.

I am confident that many who read these personal accounts in my own life can relate to similar points in their trek where faced with a ‘Y’ in the road of life’s journey.

How you approached the decision may or may not have resulted in the same kind of trials of faith I faced. But I can bear witness, as you can see, to the overwhelming difference in allowing God to proceed with His plan by yielding my free will and submitting to God’s omnipotent and omniscient character. Certainly not to be understated, was His obvious love for me in doing so.

Trusting God’s plan is the only way to ensure harmony with His will for our lives in times of trial, decision or fear.

Pray with me; Lord I know I am going to face many times of indecision and crossroads in my life where I am simply not equipped to see the end result as your magnificent omniscience can. Help me to trust in your plan for my life in those times and all times and to yield my free will to you with full confidence that you will establish my steps in the right direction you have for me and that my own heart will not try to plan the way. Amen.

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