We live in a world that is obsessed with planning. With the dawn of each new year we are enticed into setting plans that we often forget before we write them down! Make no mistake, I have nothing against planning, but I believe it is important to seek the plan of our master builder, then align our plans with his. Here’s why I believe we can trust God’s plan for us:
We can trust God’s plan because he loves us
Simple and definitive. This is what his word tell us and if we believe his word then we can believe that he loves us. Because he loves us and we are his children, he wants what’s best for us. John 15:13 NIV, tells us that greater love has no one than this:to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. If he sent his son to died for our sins then we can be certain that he wants what’s best for us.
He is our original designer
There is no one that is more aware of the purpose of a product than the designer. They have in mind exactly what it can and cannot do. They know its limits, and its possibilities. God is our master designer and we cannot even begin to fathom his thoughts towards us. He is in possession of the user manual for our lives. We are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10).
He gives us a choice
Though he knows that he has a good plan for us, he will not force it onto us. He orders our steps but we still have to step. He has a plan for us but we have to claim this plan. He will not force his plan on us but he asks that we trust him with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding (Prov.3:5). He sees the entire trajectory of our journey, its all up to us.
He keeps his promises
God’s word is overflowing with his promises to us. He also tells us that he is watching over his word to fulfill it (Jer. 1:12 NIV). That is an excellent combination to me because not only does he give us his word but he ensures that it is fulfilled. God is not a human that he should lie, not a human being that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Num. 23:19 NIV). We can therefore bank our plans on his promises because they are a solid guide for us.
He created each of us for a specific purpose
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, how comforting! (Jer. 1:5 NIV) Like the prophet Jeremiah, we were known to him before he made our physical bodies. Not only are we known, but created for a specific purpose based on his intimate knowledge of us. We don’t need to live a life that is unfulfilled, passionless, just going through the motions. We are not accidents but individuals with promise.
I am comforted by the knowledge that he has a plan in place for each of our lives. The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37:23 NLT). He knows where he wants to take us. He knows the different processes that we need to go through to become who he desires us to be. He has supreme, divine, advanced knowledge of us and our future so we can rest in his divine plan.