“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
Planning is Biblical, or it can be. One can rightfully plan to build a tower and count up the cost and assure he can finish it before he starts. One can plan a mission trip to start churches from one city to the next. One can plan to do many things and honor the Lord with those plans. That, however, does not mean the Lord is going to honor those plans. He might have different ones.
We are told in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has plans for us. God has good plans for us. Now Romans also promises us that “God works all things together for good.” The fact and reality of life is that not all things are good, but faith teaches us God desires to do good in all things.
One of the biggest challenges to faith is when God’s plans seem to not be good to us and for us. Often we believe God’s plans are not good because they are different than our plans. We have planned. We have worked towards plans and God does something different. Our plans were good. They honored him. They were for his glory and for His Kingdom, but he had a different plan.
Faith is certainty in uncertainty. God is certain. Faith is not about trusting a plan. Faith is about following the very person of God. God has the right to change plans, cancel plans, and start new plans. This truth applies to us a follower of Christ, it also applies to the collection of believers – the Church.
Will you trust God even if he does not do what you thought was planned as you thought it was planned. Sometimes we love the plans of God more than the person of God. This is dangerous when those plans are not what we thought they were.
Here is the trick to trusting God. Trusting God’s plan means trusting God’s purpose. The only way we can trust the purpose a person has is to trust the person. If you want to trust God’s plans then grow in your trust in Him. You will only grow in your trust in God through obedience to God. When you do what He says, even when you are not sure why He said it, you will learn to trust the One that said it.
I am grateful for God’s purposes and plans for Fellowship Church, even when they are not exactly what I can see.