Been challenged recently on how often we stray from God’s best plans for our lives. We hope that God will reveal His plans and purposes to us very clearly – and sometimes He does. Sometimes God is abundantly precise in what our future holds, but we run away from that plan.
We may assume that God has the wrong man – Moses by the Burning Bush begged God to send his brother Aaron to deliver the Hebrews from 400 years of slavery in Egypt, rather than send him.
We may assume that God has forgotten the promise in His revealed plan. Abraham waited 20 years for God to fulfil the promise of a son through his wife Sarah, so he tried to speed things up by conceiving a son with his wife’s servant Hagar. It is worth noting that this child Ishmael eventually had 12 sons – as did Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, a generation later. Ishmael was Plan B, not Plan A, but could have looked very similar to Plan A.
We may assume that the plan itself is all wrong. Jonah tried to do a complete 180 degree turn to run away from God’s plan, but eventually got back on track.
There are always consequences to going down the wrong path, once it has been revealed to you. Often we read something like Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” We ask God to show us the full itinerary and schedule ahead of us. More often than not, we only get the first few steps, not a broad highway. But be aware that if God gives a detailed plan, we need to trust Him that He will have prepared that way ahead of us. He will also expect us to walk in it.
LOZENGE MOMENT – something to savour the taste of…
What is God’s Plan A for you?
What reasons have you given for avoiding that plan?
Are you willing to ask God for courage to walk in His ways?