God has a plan for your life. I know from personal experience that it is often difficult to see God’s leading, and there are times when we feel absolutely abandoned. I remember asking God to lead in regards to a building we wanted to purchase for the church I was pastoring, but in spite of all the prayers and reflections on the promises, we came up empty. Now, here’s the catch, at the time I believed God was silent, but looking back over the events surrounding the possible purchase of the building God was saying no. I didn’t see what God was telling me because I didn’t want to believe that the building was wrong for us. I’m being honest with you; I didn’t think God was listening because I didn’t get the result I wanted.
I like Proverbs 3: 5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Here’s the question: can I trust in the Lord with all my heart and not let my own desires and wants cloud out God’s plan for me? When your heart aches for a certain outcome and you have spent time in prayer and study, seeking out God’s will, it’s not easy to acknowledge that God may have other plans for you that are quite different from your own desire.
It is true, to trust in God’s plan for your life can be very difficult, but to acknowledge the fact that God is leading you in a different direction can be even harder. We are a generation who wants what we want. It is unacceptable to some Christians that God won’t act like a giant Santa and deliver the “items” on their want list. So, how do we come to the place where we can say with the Psalmist, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:” Psalm 37: 5 When the marriage doesn’t work out, you don’t get the job you wanted, or your kid’s are breaking your heart, it isn’t easy to say, God you are in control and I trust in you to lead me in how to handle the situation. Here’s the difference in approach, we want God to change the circumstance, while God is guiding us in the best way to handle the situation.
David writes, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up, and stand firm.” Psalm 20:7, 8 In David’s day kings relied upon their chariot armies and horsemen to overwhelm their enemies, but David says those great armies all come to defeat when faced against a King who trusts “in the name of the Lord our God.” The key to these two beautiful texts are the words, “stand firm.” Any King that leads his army into battle but wavers when the enemy attacks will lose. Any Christian that refuses to stand firm, trusting in God, regardless of God’s answers will miss out on God’s leading.
Yes, God has a plan for you and that plan may lead you down paths you never dreamed you would go but you need to be willing to follow. Paul reminded Timothy, “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4: 9, 10 This is the key to our spiritual journey with God that we place our trust in Him regardless of the direction He should point us. A rich Christian life is learning to trust God and then accept His leadings regardless of our own wants. We must stand firm in the storms of life believing that God will not forsake or abandon us, because He loves us. His way through the storm may just be a different way from the path we would take if on our own, but remember, His path is always the right one. When life gets hard don’t throw in the towel, just stand firm, God will walk you home.