We all make plans for our life. And though we can’t see God, He is actively involved in our life. So the Bible says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21, NIV).
How these two—the will of God and our personal plans—interact is a mystery to me. How can God allow us to make our own plans for our life while making sure that His purpose ultimately prevails? I have a few Bible-based thoughts and ideas on this matter, but I certainly don’t understand it. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Let’s just accept the fact that God knows how to do that.
This means that sometimes, the way we plan things is not always the way they end up. When I was a teen and young adult, for instance, I never intended on being a preacher of the gospel. Not one time did such a thought or desire enter my mind. But at the age of 25, the Lord called me into the ministry. That was the will of God for me from the foundation of the world. Ultimately, that is the place where I landed in life.
The path I was taking on my own did not even suggest that I was headed for the gospel ministry. I was preoccupied with following my own plans for my life. But still I ended up embracing the will of God for my life.
I thought I should mention that because some of you may be where I once was. You are living out your life. But you are convinced God has a purpose for your life that you have yet to realize. And you want to make sure you don’t miss out on His plan for your life. I say to you by the Word of the Lord that you don’t need to fret about this matter. If you keep your heart inclined to Him, the will of God for you will prevail in due season.
The truth of the aforementioned verse can apply to any area of our life. God always knows what’s best for us. His purpose for us is based on that knowledge. If we seek Him, He will not allow our personal plans to trump His purpose for us. And that’s a good thing.
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