- Sue Darling
God Has A Plan For You
God has a plan for you. He tells us in his Word in these scriptures from the Book of Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 1:5 (New King James Version)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (New King James Version)
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope".
You may not be called to be a prophet, as Jeremiah was, but God has a very special, out of the ordinary plan for you. If we let God have His way in our lives, God will fulfill his amazing plan in us. God has a beautiful plan for everyone born on this Earth.
A factor that hinders God's wonderful plan from being fully realized in one's life is disobedience. When you look at the life of King Saul in the Bible, you realize that God had a wonderful plan for him (See 1 Samuel 9 - 25). In 1 Samuel chapter 9, God chose Samuel to become the first king of Israel, and in chapter 10 he was anointed and proclaimed king of Israel.
Saul decided to disobey God and disregard His instructions. He fell into envy, hatred, and unlawful actions which led God to reject him totally and wipe out his sons. See what the scripture says in 1 Samuel 13 verses 13 - 14:
13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (New King James Version)
There are many instances in the Bible of people failing to live up to what God planned for them because of disobedience, slothfulness, and sin. An example is Samson (See Judges 13 - 16). Samson had an anointing, and great power and strength, and God had ordained him to achieve great feats for Israel. However, his callousness and dalliance with an unbelieving lover cost him his power, and ultimately his life.
God has given us free will to chose Him, obey Him, walk with Him, and trust Him. It is up to you what you decide to do. Note however that God has a good plan for you and it is up to you to walk with God in obedience to Him for the plan to be realized.
To successfully overcome the desire to disobey God and do things which are not pleasing to Him, we need to surrender our lives to Him, abide in Him by studying His Word and obeying it, and walking according to His revealed plan for our lives. Recall that Jesus talked about a wise man and foolish man. The wise man hears the Word of God and does it, while the foolish man hears the Word of God and disregards it.
Matthew 7: 24 - 27 (New International Version)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
This suggests that people who hear the Word of God and do not put it to practice eventually crash, but people who hear God's Word and put it to practice succeed against the odds; they fulfill God's plan for them.
Something else we must do to stay in God's plan and fulfill it is to die to self. This means living for Jesus; surrendering to Him and aligning with His instructions. These scriptures give a clear understanding of what God requires.
Romans 6: 4 - 6 (New International Version)
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
Romans 12: 1 - 2 (New King James Version)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12: 1 - 2 (New International Version)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
As you begin to walk with God in true surrender, God begins to reveal His plan and purpose for your life. He begins to move you in the direction of His wonderful plan.
Matthew 7:21 says ‘Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
God’s dream for you is bigger than your dreams are. God's dreams for you are such that it requires God's mighty power to accomplish. It is that wonderful! Therefore you must make a habit of praying and letting the Holy Spirit guide you.
I think most of us have a real problem with being childlike and coming to God as a child would to a loving father. Our true Father is God Himself and He is often misinterpreted as a very strict aloof kind of a Father. It is easy to relate to Him as our God, but to see Him as our Father for most of us we need to visualise ourselves in His arms more, laughing and playing with us.
God does abound in goodness towards us (Exodus 34: 6 - 7) and it will really transform your life if you meditate on those scripture verses and visualize His goodness abounding towards you.
As we learn to be more trusting and childlike before Him, we will have a wonderful and powerful relationship with Him. I have a picture of a mother holding her baby and she is laughing with him. You see her pride in her baby so easily. It is hanging on my wall to remind me who made the hearts of loving parents. Loving parents are mirroring a little of God’s love for His children. We are made in His own image.
If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus and have not become born again, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart (Romans 10:9). You can do that by praying this Salvation Prayer out loud from your heart. God bless you richly.