Friday, October 7, 2011

Our Plans vs God's Plans

How many of us love to make plans? I know that I do. I enjoy having a plan for my day so that I can see some amount of progress as I have reached certain goals. I especially relied on plans when I was teaching. What about plans for my spouse or children? Do I have plans for them too? Indeed!

Plans Undone
What happens when life doesn't go as planned? Who is to blame? Do we blame anyone for things not going according to our plan? Do we blame ourselves? God? Satan?

Sarah the Planner
In Genesis, we learn about Sarah and Abraham. God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Although they had been married for years it was still just the two of them. They even aged until Sarah was past child bearing years.

Sarah decided to take control and "help" God out in his plans. She offered her servant Hagar to Abraham, claiming that any child born would be hers. Hagar did have a son but sometime later, Sarah became pregnant. God had a plan for Sarah and Abraham but Sarah had grown impatient. God knew what he was doing. Sarah had to wait until she was 90 years old and Abraham was 100 years old before they could hold their own baby, Isaac. God was glorified in this miracle birth.

Turn Impatience to Patience

Waiting for God's timing can sometimes be difficult, particularly for individuals who like to plan, control and organize. We grow impatient and feel that we have been forgotten or ignored. When we find ourselves getting impatient, rather than rushing out to "give God a hand" the better approach is to read the Bible, continue to thank God for working on the situation and say some of the verses out loud so we can hear the promises of God. In doing this, we are focusing on God rather than on the "nothing is happening thoughts." This prevents us from giving Satan an opportunity to make us doubt that God is working everything out.

God's Plans are the Best

In Jeremiah 29:11-13
"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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

When we give God the plans for our lives we will be blessed more than we would be if we did not surrender our control. He has it all worked out. We just have to trust in God's plans rather than our plans. Also we need to exercise a lot of patience!

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