So I have been pondering a lot about the wonderful plans that I make and then sulk when they do not go according to my calculations.
In my latter years, I have been learning to hear from God, a bible study by ZOE Ministries International that is based on Hearing, Knowing and Following Jesus according to the scripture in John 10:27-28 that you may have ZOE (Greek for life). An abundant life is ONLY found in Christ Jesus, I dare say that.
There are two things involved (Yes Mr. Basketmouth), indeed there are. Its either:
- You are with God OR,
- You are against God.
If you are with God, there is only one thing involved, trust and obey Him. If you are against God, then there is only one thing involved, godlessness. Its another way of saying, am my own god, I can do my own things without involving God. There are two eventualities to that and those are, disappointment and dissatisfaction. It implies that you are guided by your own purpose and plans. You have a selfish agenda that only reads, “Team Me“. When you are in “Team God”, you are guided by a bigger picture; a purpose unique to you from God; a divine purpose. When you receive that vision, write it down, so that in due season, it will come to pass.
I am strongly convicted that many at times we make our own plans without consulting God and then when it starts going south, we cry foul and ask God questions that you yourself couldn’t answer.
I believe, if a vision came from God, then its easier to plan based on the vision God gave you. No matter how many detours you encounter along the way in pursuing that vision, you still keep your eyes on Jesus since He is the one who planted that vision in you.
I am reminded of a sermon by one, Pastor Issac Curry from Hope Church, US of A, who preached during a revival Sunday service in 2017 at my church, Parklands Baptist, Nairobi, Kenya on detours. He mentioned that, “God is in the detours”.
When you feel like life has thrown you lemons, someone said make lemonade, well I say eat the whole fruit knowing that Christ is with you. The sad thing is when you ‘choose’ (and I carefully decided to use that word) to do life alone with suffering and all that (to suffer is human, whether a believer or not), then blame God for it going wrong or it being unsatisfactory, unfulfilling and any other word you will use to describe that feeling.
Case in point (of doing life with God) my friend, Kabianga (not his real name) had purposed in His mind to get married and God blessed him with a beautiful lady who also desired marriage. They had been friends before but never dated. The short of that long story is, they set out to plan for their wedding which was to happen at a certain date. Our country has experienced some turbulent period in our calendar due to uncertain political environment. You know where am headed with this…the date was pushed to a later date.
Kabianga sent me this wonderful message below, just as I was writing this blog on my plan vs. God’s plan.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord , He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 NKJV
Tomorrow was supposed to be our wedding day, and just as I was beginning to think of how such would have been a great day that slipped through our fingers, I was confronted by this devotional.
So many times we see things in the now and want to action them in the now. But God doesn’t move in deadlines, he does in season.
My friend is looking forward to an amazing wedding; we all are and it really makes me happy that no matter how many detours, God’s plan over your life will come to pass.
Yesterday’s devotion (27th October, 2017 – BIOY, Day 300 of 365), mentioned the scripture on, “…though it tarries, it will surely come to pass.” i.e. Habakkuk 2 vs. 3“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
I am reminded of Joseph in the bible who at the start of his life, he had dreams that involved his future and whenever he shared them with his family, they would reprimand him and was even hated by his brothers.
Joseph’s plans (if I was him), would be, yes I have a dream that am going to be a ruler, so why have to suffer through it all, let me just be prime minister of the most powerful nation then; so no need for chores or tasks like my dad sending me to find deliver food to my brothers in a far away land. I mean I do not have to do anything, in fact let them start serving me.
I do not think in my plans (as Joseph), I would put in detours of;
- getting despised by my brothers,
- being sold as a slave,
- working as a servant,
- being tempted by my boss’s wife,
- being falsely accused by the same woman,
- being imprisoned,
- being put in charge of the prisoners,
- having the King’s servants arrested and placed in the same prison as I and then having to interpret their dreams,
- being forgotten by the one who was to inform the King once released, and
- so on and so on,
until he is (I am) now the prime minister of Egypt and my brothers and father bowing down to me: not even recognizing who I am. I bet you can think of more than one example of how God’s plan was not necessarily something man would have done. They say faith is learning to step out even without seeing the whole plan how it will work out. Instead we want to be sure that it will work out before we can step out. The first hint of it not working out, we doubt what God told us. I read somewhere, “Never doubt what you heard in the light, when its dark”. When you realize you walking on water and the waves are more than twice the tallest skyscraper that you know, you panic and forget that Jesus said, come, you can walk on water.
Isaiah 55:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I would like to end my case with this wonderful scripture and hymn on counting our blessings – below,
Psalm 119:97-104 King James Version (KJV) 97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. 102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Thank you that I find fulfillment in you. I thank you for your wonderful plans and the amazing purpose for my life. I thank you that in your image you created us and gave us a divine purpose, unique to us all. I pray that we will learn to hear from you, to seek to know you more and to follow you as we trust and obey you and your plan for our lives. Grant us the strength, when upon life’s billows we are tempest tossed, help us to count our blessings.
For it is in your most holy name Lord Jesus, that we pray and believe. Amen.
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