We were on vacation last week and the kids and hubby were having a Harry Potter marathon of sorts. I’m not really into fantasy and wizards so much, so I was reading a book nearby. But then I heard, “When do our plans actually work?” said by Harry Potter. I kind of snorted to myself and thought, “Yes, when do my plans work out”!
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails“. How often do our sentences start with “I”? I want this, I think that, I don’t agree, I know, and so on. We can try all we want and think we are making the decisions, but are we trying to control the outcome or are we listening to what God wants us to do?
When we try to do it all our way and on our terms, we can easily get frustrated. Perhaps you are up for a job promotion and you have scoured the internet for the best interview tips, your suit is ironed, and your portfolio is all set. God doesn’t want us to sit back and wait for him. By preparing for that interview in those ways, shows that you are trying.
But, something important has been forgotten. Did you pray to God and ask Him for help with this interview? In other words, you’ll take advice from some Joe online, but not from the creator of the universe? Trust me, I’ve done this. And you know what, sometimes all that preparation just doesn’t matter. You won’t get the promotion and you will be mad. Remember it is not all about you. Your purpose on earth is to live for Jesus!
Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “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. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD…”
Our plans won’t always work, we need to be listening for God’s will in our life. Prayer, reading the Bible, having conversations with other believers, and being accountable are all a start to following His will. Read the passage from Jeremiah again, except this time fill in the blanks with your name.
For I know the plans I have for ______,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper _______ and not to harm _____, plans to give _______hope and a future. Then ______will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to _____. ______will seek me and find me when you seek me with all _______heart. I will be found by ______, ” declares the LORD…
God is declaring that He will find you. He hasn’t lost you and He is ready to listen. Will you pray to Him? This way, the next time your plans don’t work out, you can still give thanks and continue to have a prayerful conversation with Him. And when they do work out, be sure to respond with thanks and say, “Yes! My plans do work out because God worked them out for me in His time and His will.”