All of us make plans.
We plan vacations. You and I plan to get a promotion or a new job. We plan to have a loving, healthy marriage.
It’s obviously good to have a plan for everything we do. We shouldn’t just float through life without direction or purpose. We should ask ourselves where our plans come from: Are they product of our own desires? Or are we seeking God?
“Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures,” Proverbs 19:21 (NABRE)
If we try to map out our own life based on what we want without ever consulting our heavenly Father, then we are putting ourselves on the fast track for disappointment.
We can plan everything down to the smallest detail, but without God’s involvement our own vision is almost guaranteed to fail.
God is not the one who causes our plans to fail. We don’t succeed alone because we are not wise enough to direct our own path.
“I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course,” Jeremiah 10:23 (NLT)
We were not made to be the leaders of our own lives.
You and I were made to follow our heavenly Father. But, we don’t always want to submit to His leadership. This is because we think He’s going to lead us away from what we want. We think that His plan is going to take too long or that the journey will be too hard.
However, when we have a revelation of God’s love for us, we can surrender the plans we have made on our own and begin to live in His vision for our lives.
God loves us infinitely more than we could ever love ourselves. His plan for us comes from His great love. Even though a child may want cake and ice cream for every meal, his father won’t give it to him. Likewise our heavenly Father doesn’t give things that indulge the flesh. When we are carnally minded our spiritual growth is stunted and we limit God’s plan our lives coming to fruition.
We should trust in His plan, because what He wants for us is always greater than what we want for ourselves.
This doesn’t mean that we must get rid of all of our personal desires. It doesn’t mean that God is going to take things away from us. It means that when we seek His will for our lives He will do more than we could ever ask, think or imagine.
I encourage you to start involving God in every decision you make. This will have a twofold benefit in your life: You’ll make better decisions because you’re seeking God’s will, and you’ll be more sensitive to His leadership because you’re seeking Him as your number one priority. The plans you make will succeed and last when you make them based on the will of God.