We all make plans in our life. Plans to attend college, plans to get married, plans to get a job, build a house, and so on. What happens when those plans don’t work out?
Well, most of the time we get discouraged, or angry, or depressed, or maybe all three. What we must realize is that God is in control of everything in our life. If our plans don’t line up with His plans, then we will definitely be running into a bunch of roadblocks along the way.
A taxman drove out to a local farmers home and asked if he could look around in order to appraise the value of their home and land. When he asked for permission, the farmer told the man that he could go everywhere except the 20 acres behind the house. The man asked why and the farmer told him that Billy wouldn’t like it very much. The tax man became angry with the farmer and demanded that he have access to the entire property or there would be much trouble for him. Again the farmer politely told the man that he shouldn’t try and enter that back acreage because Billy would get upset. The taxman, having the authority of the government behind him, stormed off and started his deliberate walk toward the pasture and proceeded to cross the fence in defiance of the farmer’s warnings. Not long after entering the pasture you could hear him screaming for the farmers help. You see, Billy was a 2,000-pound roadblock of a bull with an attitude.
Just like the taxman, our plans are not always the right plans and when we go against the warnings from God we will almost always find ourselves calling out for help because of the raging bull that is chasing us. That raging bull could be sickness, depression, anger, financial difficulty, or many other things in this life.
So, how can we know what Gods plans are so we can make our plans centered on Him?
There are three things I believe we must have before we can understand God’s plans for our life.
The first and most important is our salvation through the blood of Christ. The second is a faithful scripture lead walk. And the third is a dedicated prayer life.
Salvation brings redemption, obedience to God’s word brings maturity and wisdom, and a faithful prayer life allows you to be in the presence of God.
When you are redeemed, obedient, and prayerful you will begin to see what Gods plan is for your life and you’ll begin to make your decision based of that good and perfect will of God.
So the moral of the story today is this, all of us have dreams and desires and we make plans everyday to chase those dreams and desires. And if we will seek God first He will be the one who is steering us in the right direction.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
God will provide all you need in this life if you will put Him first.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.