Proverbs 19:21 (AMP) Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s Purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).
It happens every time. God will give me a glimpse and I create a vivid picture. He will point me in a certain direction and I plot the destination. He speaks a word and I create the final chapter. And every single time, it is nothing as I envisioned. Many plans are in this woman’s mind… but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail. God has a plan and purpose for my life. I seek to do the Will of God. I believe it is in the heart of every believer and disciple of Christ to please Jesus and fulfill His Plan. However, it is difficult to relinquish complete control of our life to the Invisible God and Hidden Christ. The only possible way to ever fulfill God’s Purpose for our life is to know Him and trust Him. To know Him is to find Him in His Word, communicate with Him in prayer, and connect with the His Spirit. To partner with God requires trust. To yoke our life and existence, all that we can tangibly know to be truth, with a forever that is beyond our sight and His Unimaginable Kingdom too good to be true. So when God entrust us with dreams, visions, and prophecy – it is human nature to devise a realistic plan to fulfill divine revelation.
When I was a youth leader, I would open many services with an icebreaker called Parables. I would hold up an everyday item like gum, tape, napkin, or whatever I had readily available. Volunteers would take the item and provide a short revelation about God using the item. There were many awesome parables created in those moments. There were also some crazy ones. You should try it sometime when gathering with friends. Well, I believe my life with God is like double-sided sticky tape. The kind of transparent tape that is sticky on both sides. It is a wonderful innovation but very difficult to use. Once it is out of the dispenser, it literally sticks to everything. One must be very careful and patient to bind together the desired items. I believe my relationship with the Lord is like that He pulls out a dream or vision to show me what is to come so that I will pray and seek His Word on it. Prepare for it. But I am so stubborn and my faith so small that I try to stick it to everything else. That which is comfortable, convenient and controllable when God is ready to do something radical and far greater than I can think ask or imagine. I must be careful to “stick” with God’s Plan and stop making it my own.
Psalm 37:23-27 (TLB) The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. If they fall, it isn’t fatal, for the Lord holds them with his hand. I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry. Instead, the godly are able to be generous with their gifts and loans to others, and their children are a blessing. So if you want an eternal home, leave your evil, low-down ways and live good lives.
I am so thankful for the mercy and grace of God. For all the times I ran off in my own direction, falling flat on my face, when He has picked me up, dusted me off, and said, “Let’s do this again.” God is directing my steps. I must trust Him enough to follow Him. He delights in my steps. He wants me to be blessed. Prosperous. Successful. Beginning in my soul and expanding through my life, God has a plan and purpose. (Jeremiah 29:11) I must only seek Him wholeheartedly to have it. (Jeremiah 29:13) It is not in our “doing” or “running around” that God delights but in each step closer to Him that is taken. My flesh wants to “do something” to earn God’s Love, Grace, and Favor. To somehow turn the knob and open the door in my own power and strength to release His Glory. Our flesh needs this to survive. However, our flesh is to die day by day to take on more and more of Christ. It is a difficult process just like applying double-sided sticky tape. Now regular transparent tape is no big deal because it is only one-sided. But as believers we have two places to live – here and eternity. They coexist. The Kingdom is not our destination it is our destiny for today.
Jeremiah 10:23-24 (TLB) O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life and plan his course—so you correct me, Lord; but please be gentle. Don’t do it in your anger, for I would die.
This is my prayer today as I find myself all tangled in the sticky tape of my own ideas. I thought I knew the course I was running and I had it all mapped out. But I did not, now I find myself again on a new path and new journey with the same promises and directions as before. God promises to use the details of our life for good. (Romans 8:28) Even the times that we lag behind, run ahead, or fall off track all together – He delights in our steps so He works it all together for our good and His Glory. He knows me. He knows you. Our attitude and actions do not surprise the Living God who is our Creator, Father and Friend. He knows exactly what we are going to say, think and do before we do. How else would grace be provided in accurate supply and faith in proper measure to lead us to salvation and a prospering soul?
Thank you God for loving me when I act like an impetuous child even in my fifties. When I get stuck on the wrong things but you still lovingly, patiently yet insistently move me. I want to walk in your steps ordered to lead me straight to You. Show me the way…yet again I am lost in my own purpose and calling because it wasn’t as I planned, envisioned or mapped out. I trust you with my life every step all over again!
Proverbs 16:9 (AMP) A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.