When God Changes Your Plans

God has a calling for each of us in our lives. Some people are meant to be missionaries and pastors while others were meant to be doctors, lawyers, the president, or even a homemaker. No matter what God has called you to do, you must be willing to oblige to His Will! We shouldn’t run away because it’s something that we do not want, and we shouldn’t run away because we are scared of what is to come. Look at what happened to Jonah when He ran away from what God wanted Him to do. He was in the belly of a whale. (See Jonah 1-4 for more.)

     “A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Our hearts make many plans, but the Lord is the one who directs our steps into the direction He wants us to go in. The Lord’s plans will be done! His will and purpose for you will be done. You can fight it, deny it, or even run away from it, but God’s Will always overrules your plans! Yes, we may want things, have goals, and are making many arrangements, but when God says “No,” you must be willing to accept that.

God’s “No,” might be saving you from a lot of destruction that is to come. You may be leading yourself down a dangerous path that God never wanted you on. Your heart might think it’s the “perfect plan,” but God knows the future, and He promised us that He would not lead us into disaster. The only person who can lead you into disaster is yourself! Therefore, we must not deny God or His purpose for our lives!

     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We must trust the Lord with all of our hearts even if we do not understand what He is doing in our lives. When we go by our own understanding, we will become foolish, but if we trust God, He will direct out steps. When we trust God to start with, we will have no denial in His plan for our lives. When we understand that His plans are more important than ours, then we will not grow angry when our plans do not work out.

It is normal to think about the future and dream of things you want to happen, but remember that God’s Will for your life may include things that you may or may not dream of. Instead of getting angry at God when something does not go the way we planned, we should pray to God that He continues to lead us where He wants us! Jesus is there by your side, so do not worry about where you will go or what will happen next, for God is already in the future! His plan for your life will be done, so understand that your plans may be changed if God thinks they will wreck you. When things go unplanned, we should praise God and trust in the Lord that all things will work together for our good!


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