“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV)
Currently I am in a transition in my career, my education, and my home. In addition, our family dynamics are also changing. I noticed as the transitions approached, I became worried about so many things. Which college should I pick? Will we have enough money to live? Where should we live? What about day care, pediatricians, and health insurance? I mean the list just went on and on until God reminded me of Ephesians 1:11. He reminded me, “Daughter, you are predestined for greatness. When I allow you to face trials or transitions, I know the ending and the beginning all at the same time, even before you came to me with your plans and desires.” In His word He called us PRE-DESTINED! By definition predestined means, an outcome or course of events have been determined in advance by divine will.
He tells us not to worry because He “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV). He also said in Jeremiah, “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) Who can block God’s plan? No one. It can be hindered, interrupted, and agitated but it can NOT be blocked!
I did all of this planning and organizing for our family’s move to our new city, but God had to show me that what He has for me is far greater than my plan. “My plan” was for me to switch to the Doctorate Program in Microbiology, purchase our home (because “I” rationalized that we would be there at least 5 years), and live happily ever after. But since God already KNOWS the ending, I was cautious to hear His direction waited to actually see His plan unfold. I am just in awe at how perfect it is. I’m continuing in Higher Education with my Doctorate in this field. I will be working part time and currently we will be in a short-term rental until my husband graduates. If you would have told me this last year I wouldn’t believe it, but it’s the best plan God could have provided. I can be home more with our family; I can volunteer in the community because my program is online; I can emotionally support my husband through school and nurture our daughter…ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
So when you go on your next job interview, walk in the boldness of knowing that if God wants you to have that job, it’s already yours. Prepare for greatness and perform accordingly. Paul reminds us in God’s word “In all things God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
When you go on your next date, realize that if that man is to be your husband, God will make it so. You don’t have to do anything extra other than make yourself pleasing in God’s eyes. For His Word says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
The next time you and your husband work on your family plan, realize that even if he makes a mistake in execution, God has it ALREADY worked out, even before the first step is taken. How do I know this? Because his wife has prayed that the Lord orders her husband’s steps. “The prayer of a righteous man (or wife) is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV) HALLELUJAH!!
Thank You for reminding me that what You have for me, no one can take it away. Help me to walk in that confidence. Also help me to be sensitive to Your directions for my life so that I may walk accordingly. When I have needs and desires that do not align with Your will, teach me how to rest in knowing that if I delight myself in You, You will give me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4) In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Sistah Girl, every opportunity whether failure or victory is an opportunity to learn and grow. I EMPOWER you to walk in the faith that “what God has for you is for you, and you only.” In the same breath, what God does NOT have for you is NOT yours! Take the time today to listen to what God has for you and pray to Him that your steps are ordered by Him. “Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.