We make plans all the time. We plan to do this tomorrow. We plan to do such and such next week. We create five-year plans, ten-year plans, and all that is great. However, we often forget that God has plans of His own.
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)
Sometimes, our plans do not coincide with God’s plans. Sometimes we are clueless about what God is doing in our lives or generally in a particular season, and sometimes we just try to foolishly reason or negotiate with God to join in with what we are planning and doing. I admit I have tried to reason with God or add my own conditions to something He told me to do. So, what if you made plans or assumed you were in the clear to do a certain thing at a particular time only to have those plans changed or altogether squashed. A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)
Well if there is any season that wreaks havoc on your schedule, it is the winter time. And this winter season here in the United States has been one of the most annoying winters ever. From the brutal cold weather to piles of snow and dangerous icy conditions on our roads and our homes, we, well I know I am, are so over this winter season. This season (and I am not just talking about the winter season, but this season period) has thrown me off schedule and off balance. About four or five times, I’ve gone to bed thinking “tomorrow is work, whether I feel like going or not.” I woke up ready to prepare for the work day; instead the schools were closed due to the extreme cold temps, so therefore, no work. A couple of times the babysitter was sick and so I had to bring the little one to the office with me. I have been late several times. One time I was headed, so I thought, to one of my school sites that I normally work at on Fridays, but was led to my second school site instead. However, later that day I realized I was right where I should have been because I was needed there to help accomplish an imperative task as well as an opportunity arose to minister to a couple of my students.
Then there are days where you just plan to end your night with your throw, a movie and a snack after a long day but you feel the urge to do otherwise. Maybe you should be working on that project or goal you have been trying to accomplish for so long. Or maybe you should be attending bible study. I admit there are days I just do not want to attend bible study or prayer service. The weather or my exhaustion tempts me to use them as excuses to stay in. Yet, this past Friday I pressed in to the prayer service, and I knew it was God because it was so invigorating and the message was on-time and confirmation of what God has been speaking to me about.
Ladies, we made plans probably all this week but did we inquire of God like David humbly did. (Read 1 Samuel 23:2; 1 Samuel 23:4; 1 Samuel 30:8; 2 Samuel 2:1; 2 Samuel 5:19; 2 Samuel 5:23; 2 Samuel 21:1) It didn’t matter if David was king or how many battles he had already won, he still inquired of the Lord numerous times, seeking His counsel and depending on His wisdom before making decisions or proceeding towards a course of action. Did we seek His counsel before we stepped out of the house? True, going to work is imperative. Yet, what if God told you to take off today, would you? It sounds crazy to us, who are workaholics, who love our jobs, or don’t want our paychecks to be missing any cents. Yet, God knows what lies ahead in the future, what the next second entails and what the next corner beholds. Maybe you were late yesterday for work and did everything right to get to work on time but still was late. Did you ever think that just maybe God’s angels were standing in the way of danger? Did you ever think that God felt you needed that day off or He was just protecting you from something?
You were so tired but God said press in any way to church. He knew if you went you would get refreshed and a reviving you couldn’t get at home. Or maybe being snowed in a couple of days was necessary to get you to appreciate a little bonding time with your family.
Each day is new and filled with some uncertainties, but God equips each day with new mercies. We never know what the next day will bring. God is doing some interesting things in our lives and is constantly at work. I remember being taught to pray asking God where He is at work at and to join in what He is doing. Meaning whatever God is doing, I must believe in His Son, get in position to be used by God as well as do what He says to do and be where He says to be. I need to put His plans above my own and surrender to what His agenda and mission is. It is for my safety, my future and for someone else who needs to see God’s manifested love through me that I am obedient in following God.
Thank You for having plans for me and wanting and having the best for me. Thank You for being omnipresent, omniscient, and the Only Wise God. Although my days might be filled with uncertainties and shifts, thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Help me to seek Your counsel regarding every area of my life and even the miniscule things that involve my daily tasks. Help me to never put anything above You, and help me to desire what You want and have for my life. Lord help me to press in towards my blessing and help me to hear You when You are changing my plans or my course. Help me to try not to reason with You, but to instantly and joyfully obey You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to let God direct your paths. Let Him chart your course. Remember you aren’t the only one with plans; our Creator and loving Father has plans too and also has an individual plan for each and every one of us. He knew you before you were even in your mothers’ wombs and He knows and has what is best for you. Trust Him; His plans always succeed!
Share with us below a plan you did not seek God’s counsel on. Or share with us a plan in which you have sought God’s counsel on.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”