Have you experienced moments when you decided to “help” God map out the plans for your life? I’m pretty sure we are all guilty of this one. How did that turn out? Maybe you decided that God wasn’t moving fast enough for you! But where does being impatient get us? What does it say about us? Number one, it gets us into chaos and confusion that would have been avoided had we just surrendered to God’s will and waited on Him. Number two, it shows that we really don’t trust God one hundred percent. When we don’t trust God, we are basically saying He is incapable of blessing us with what we need and that He isn’t who His Word reveals Him to be. So instead, sometimes we put our hands in things, get ourselves in situations, trusting our own plan instead of God’s. Do you not know that the Maker of heaven and earth is able to plan a life for you that far exceeds what you could ever plan for yourself? God is the very One who created the entire universe. He had it all mapped out. But at times we still don’t trust Him, even after seeing some of the things He has done.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom there will be no end.” Then May said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God…For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:26-35, 37-38).
Mary, the mother of Jesus, surrendered to God’s plan. She could’ve easily rejected this plan, considering the weight behind being a pregnant virgin engaged to be married. She could’ve easily considered the rumors, shame, divorce and even death and said “I refuse to take this as my portion.” She could’ve easily backed out. But NO! She surrendered to the will of God and trusted His plan for her life. She would be the one to give birth to the Savior of the world.
I get it! We all have desires, plans and several things we want to see come to fruition in our life. But what if these things are apart from God’s plan and purpose for our life? What if we are trying to do these things outside of God’s timing? We are likely to become frustrated and even mad at God. Are we willing to truly surrender to Him and allow Him to show us what He would have us to do? Or are we going to go ahead and do what we feel we should do and forsake His leading and direction? Trust in the LORD with ALL of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Your understanding is limited. Your finite mind can’t comprehend the plan that God has for you. You have to give Him all of you so that you can embrace the life He has established for you.
Steps to help you embrace God’s plan for your life:
- Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” –Matthew 16:24-25
- Trust God’s plan!
- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. –Jeremiah 29:11
- Let God direct you!
- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. –Psalm 32:8
- Stand on God’s Word!
- So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. –Isaiah 55:11
- Be faithful and keep eternity in mind!
- “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Trust God and His plan for your life! You won’t regret it!