Does God really have a plan for your life? Drake would say that He does!
One of the most quoted scriptures I hear in the Christian community is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
I see the topic of God’s plan often creating more worry and stress rather than hope. People constantly worry that they are missing God’s plan or have a difficult time figuring out what that plan is. People worry that they‘ve missed a turn or somehow disqualified themselves from the plans that God has.
I am praying that this will give you a new hope and and excitement for your future!
A big misconception is that God’s plan is a tightrope and you need to walk with extreme care or else you’ll fall off and suffer the consequences. This ideology creates a world view that if you don’t live in the right city, work the right job, and marry the right person, then you’re not living out God’s plan. In reality, God has a purpose for your life that looks a lot more like an eight lane freeway compared to a tightrope. You can travel in three different lanes and still accomplish God’s purpose for your life. I often experience God handing me a compass and telling me to start heading North. Once we’re headed in the right direction God can express the smaller adjustments He wants us to make. I‘ve looked at a map and found at least a hundred different ways I can make my way from work to home. Some ways take longer, but they all accomplish the same purpose of getting me home.
The fact that God lives outside of time can be a confusing concept. God is so much bigger than what our minds can comprehend. The good news is that we always interact with God in the present tense. God never interacts with us based on any of our future decisions, good or bad. He is always present with us, leading and guiding us towards our next step. There is no need to worry about missing or messing up God’s purposes because He never stops guiding us towards His destination. We need to focus more on what He wants us to do this week, and who He wants us to become, rather than the details of our entire life. Love people and seek God, you can’t go wrong. And just like your GPS will reroute you if you miss a turn, God will not give up on you or shut down if we miss turns.
God is much more patient, kind, and loving than most people assume. He always has our best interests in mind. God created us with unique gifts that He knows how to use best.
So yes, God does have a plan for you, however He has so much more than that! If there was only one specific plan for us then we would undoubtedly mess is up and it would be nearly impossible for us to get back on track. No matter how many times we run in the opposite direction of God’s will, He turns us around and works everything together for good.
God has a destination and direction that He wants us to go in. Our gifts are unique and God has a different purpose for every person. At the same time, the Bible explains a few different areas that people are gifted in, which can help us find direction. Also remember that God’s purpose always involves other people, it does not revolve around you. Your calling is to benefit the world. Here are a few scriptures that are helpful in determining His direction for us:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.“
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.“
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.“
1 Corinthians 12:7-11