The Plan

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During a conversation with a friend recently the subject of plans came up. Human plans vs God’s plans. Part of the talk was about how sometimes we humans experience things that, as we go through them, seem hard to comprehend and at times seem to lead us away from where we think He wants us, but later as we look back and see the whole picture it makes more sense.

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

We both made statements about God knowing so much more than we do and that His plan is perfect and if we trusted Him more, as in completely, we would end up where He
plans on us being much sooner and without the difficulties many of us encounter.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9

 

As the conversation continued I commented on how it is similar to a military operation and how the privates don’t always understand a lot about what is going on, they have a mission and instructions on how to complete their mission but sometimes those instructions, the big plan, involves them going what to them seems like the long way around to reach whatever the objective may be and they decide they want to take a short cut but as they do so they run into a flooded fields, barbed wire, land mines or some other trap the enemy has laid for them and because of that they either have to move very slowly or they end up caught in a trap. How the enemy makes them suffer for not following the plan. But, if they persist, they can still reach the objective and after the mission is complete and they have seen the reason they were supposed to take the long route that in the end would have been simpler and safer, yet still would have resulted in reaching the objective without all the hardships they encountered because they took what seemed to be an easier, more convenient way.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

I reflected on how God often has a plan and we decide to take short cuts, remembering the objective, the goal, but not doing exactly as God leads us to do. Seeing and understanding His perfect plan for us, but in our simple human minds thinking that we can do it better than He can. So, we try and fail. Eventually we realize (hopefully) that we strayed from the path He laid before us, diverted from His plan. We are caught in the enemy’s traps and then trying on our own, just can’t seem to get out. So, we call on Christ to help us and He hears our pleas and gets us out of the mess we created and sets us back on His way for us. Reminds me of a movie I saw about World War 1, a soldier took a short cut while they were retreating and got caught in barbed wire and the harder he tried to get out by himself, the more tangled up he got. He didn’t have wire cutters with him to cut the wires and he was trapped. He called for help and another soldier heard him, made his way to where he was caught and cut the wires so the trapped soldier could escape.

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.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

He is our savior. He has given us the tools, the Bible and prayer, to get out of the barbed wire snares of Satan and God has a plan for each and every one of us, we must only allow Him control and follow His guidance. Using the tools He gives us, requires faith and obedience, without those we can easily fall into traps and by alone we cannot get out of the traps. But if we find ourselves caught in situations that we know are not of God, even though we pretty much got ourselves in those circumstances through our own poor choices, He will come to our rescue and loosen those traps and help us, sometimes carry us, away from the situation. He will deliver us from evil, He will take care of His children and if we believe in Christ as the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected to defeat death and confess our sins and ask for the forgiveness we need, HE WILL REDEEM US. What an amazing Lord He is!

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You that You have a plan for me, and each of us; that You have understanding of things far beyond my simple abilities and that only through seeking You and following You will I be able to escape the traps of satan and reach that place that Christ has for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me listen for Your voice and feel Your presence and hand upon me, guiding my steps as I live my life here on earth. I ask that You help me better understand You and Your plan for me and help me stay in the path that leads me to Jesus. I ask that You draw us all close to You and help us be lights in this dark world to help others see the true path. Thank You for the mercy, grace and redemption that was given to me because of the sacrifice and suffering of Christ.

Amen

 

I appreciate those who take time to stop by my blog. I hope something I said blesses someone and that you all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to someone else.

 

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A blessing denied but now to be delivered.

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I serve an amazing God. I had been promised something that seemed right in my hands and had suddenly been taken away from me. Something I felt I had earned and deserved, that it was to be mine and was part of God’s plan that I have. But, another’s pettiness and jealousy had interfered with what I expected. Something that seemed guaranteed seemed to be out of grasp and no longer a possibility. Exactly what it is, isn’t relevant for this discussion and rather than interfere with the message I won’t discuss as sometimes, He punishes arrogance and perhaps that was part of the reason I didn’t receive this particular blessing; maybe I had need to grow more spiritually first. I don’t know why, but it was delayed. He sometimes does things for reasons we don’t understand at the time, for that matter we simple humans may never fully understand until He is ready to reveal His plans and shows us the reasons He did as He did.

But, I received an email that caught me completely off guard telling me that what I had previously been promised I WOULD HAVE! God keeps His word!  He is so good to me, better than I deserve, merciful and gracious beyond belief. This is something that I had prayed for and was trying to be patient while waiting, but it had seemed less and less possible even though it once seemed definite it was not happening and as I said, other events occurred that it seemed not only unlikely, but almost impossible. BUT, nothing is impossible for those that serve God.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.   Mark 10:27

Yes, with God all things are possible. Praise Him for being an amazing Lord.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   Matthew 6:33

Yes, He will add things and He will bless us with what we ask of Him. BUT, sometimes He takes His time and has lessons to teach while we await the answers to our prayers. Perhaps He is trying to teach us patience, humility, the need to put ourselves aside and focus on Christ.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. Mark 11:24

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  Philippians 4:6

 

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  John 14:13

When I reflect about things, why I did not receive what I thought I had earned and deserved, I was confused, hurt, angry. I gave it all to God. I let Him take care of the details to make what I thought was to happen, happen. I stopped trying to force Him; worked hard to try my best to have the faith in Him I needed to have; then stopped worrying about what I wanted and worried more about trying to understand God, the mind of Christ and focusing on Him. When I stopped worrying about trying to make my wishes come true, Christ kept his promises and delivered which had been denied. He taught me a lot with this: faith, patience, proper attitude, need to put Him first and stop worrying about myself. I praise Him first for those lessons, they have helped me grow spiritually far more than I would have expected. I thank Him for teaching me what my priorities should be and when I align my priorities with His, He rewards me.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the blessings You give, the prayers You answer, and the prayers You answer slowly. I thank You for my salvation through the blood of Christ, shed on the cross to deliver me from sin and to make me worthy as I am not worthy without Jesus. I pray that You continue Your work in me and that You help me better know You and Your Son. I pray in the name of Jesus that You draw us all closer to You and that You teach us how to better serve You.

Amen

 

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