What are your goals? What plans have you made for this season? These questions seem to be constantly appearing as we work to achieve our goals from the beginning of the year. As we’re planning for our careers, family, personal growth and even our weekend I wonder is it all up to us?
Personally, I can get so preoccupied with my plans that talking with Jesus about what it is pushed to the side. Instead of going to Him to verify the plans align with His will, I venture off alone. Later finding myself in trouble or repeating the same lessons I’ve found myself in before.
After having some quiet time with Jesus I’ve started to wonder where does God fit into where we’re trying to go. Are we going after our goals with God in the loop or are we leaving him out?
David Idea, God’s Plan
In 1 Chronicles 17 King David is speaking with the prophet Nathan about how he wants to build a temple for God. His ambition is noble, he sees how he’s living in a palace while the Arc of the Covenant is located in a tent. He simply wants to honor God with a proper home and place for worshipping, so he begins plans for a temple.
However, God tells Nathan to share with David that He doesn’t want him to build the temple. Instead of having David build the temple God plans to let his son (Solomon) be his successor. Then his son will be commissioned with building a temple for the Arc of the Covenant to reside in.
When David hears this message, he wasn’t sad, disappointed, or tried to get God to change His mind. He broke out in praise because David saw the bigger picture; that his family had favor with God. Even though God didn’t use David to build His temple, the Bible tells us the Lord made a way for the plans in David’s heart.
Trusting His Plans
David teaches us a valuable lesson about the importance of being obedient to God. We can’t work outside of God to achieve our plans and hope that He will bless it. Saul, who was David’s predecessor, learned this when he went against God’s plan to fulfill what he believed to be right.
We have to surrender our plans to God and believe in what He has for us. I know more than ever that this isn’t easy but with God and His Word, it’s possible. So here’s what I remind myself of when I start to worry.
Ignore The Noise
Don’t go after your own plan just because you don’t understand where God is taking you. The enemy is against your calling and the plan God has for you. When your thoughts and feelings try to sway you remember God knows better. [Ephesians 6:13, Psalm 147:5]
Ask For Direction
When you feel lost and confused go to the one that can direct your steps. The way that you learn where you’re going is to go to The One who makes a way. He will get you where you need to go. [Psalm 25:4-5, Psalm 16:7-8]
Praise His Goodness
He’s worth of all our praise because He’s a good Father and takes care of us. David worshipped the Lord because of His goodness and continued blessings. Remember that worship proceeds the victory. [Joshua 6:20]
Regardless of what may come our way we know God’s plan is perfect and good. He knows the way we need to go and need to rely on our faith. While this is easier said than done, Pastor Steven Furtick says, “without doubt, we wouldn’t need to have faith.”
Walk By Faith
Once we put our trust in God and not in the plans we see ourselves carrying out we find direction. It’s through Him that we are able to have an abundant life, fulfill our purpose, and use our talents. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my journey with Jesus it’s that He never disappoints.
Even when we don’t get the answer we were hoping for He provides us with something better. The no’s are never are ending or a punishment, but a way of directing us to better plan tailored just for us. One that our Heavenly Father made with us in mind.