“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
There are times when it is both good and appropriate to take stock in our lives and part of that process involves making plans for the future. Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart deviseth his way. We have a responsibility to plan and make decisions. In fact, decision making is unavoidable for us as creatures made in the image of God. God has given us the ability to think and to create. There is not one cognitive person who is not able to make a decision. There are however indecisive people around who deliberately exercise their wills to refrain from making a decision but that is too a conscious decision for which they will answer to God. Decision-making is inescapable and God expects us to make the wisest decisions that we can, based on the knowledge that He provides us. The mind of man (a man’s heart) plans his way. But we must not forget the second part of Proverbs 16:9. A man’s heart devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps. We must not fall into the trap of thinking that God is distant from the decisions and the choices that we make in life. We are busy planning our way, but it is God who directs our steps in accordance with the plans that he makes for us. Nothing catches God by surprise. It is not that in our lives there is a whole host of possibilities and God has to wait until He finds out what decision we are going to make and then alter His plan accordingly. No. The wonder of God’s sovereign providence is that His plan embraces the decisions that He knows we will make. At times He will take us along the path of our perceived choice and at times, He will take us in another direction entirely. God makes plans for me and for you. We ought to commit our plans to God and strive to follow His revealed will, always. Valley experiences and mountainside experiences both test your maturity and determination. Many of us want the mountaintop, rising above the cares of the world but I have learn so much more of God in my valley experiences. It is in the valley where we find the lilies and the cooling brooks. Even though it seems like trouble is on every side like the mountains presenting seeming barriers against our life’s progress, yet the father will direct us. Indeed, our steps are ordered by the Lord. We might not comprehend or agree with the direction and duration but He is the GOOD SHEPHERD. Trust Him! It can feel lonely at times but know you are NEVER alone. What you see today, may not reveal your tomorrow but keep walking, keep following Him. And like the sun rising above the distance horizon, His glorious plan will be revealed from the veil of darkness. Hopes and dreams you have given up on and do not see how they can come to pass, if He has ordained it, planned it, He will present it, keep walking.
“As for God His way is perfect”(Psalms 18:30). Once one decides to do the call and purpose of their life that God has ordained, not only saying ‘yes’ but actively pursuing the ‘yes’, the chains of doubt have a way of magically (if I might use that term) falling off of our lives, as He gives our expectation. What has the Father put on your agenda this day? What are His thoughts that He thinks towards you?
I pray that on your journey your constant companion is – Peace, Paco, Shalom, Beke, Paix, Rauha, Paz, Frede, Mir