Following the Plan of God- In His Word 1/21/14

His plans are not my plans, but he knows the plans that He has for me…but how do I know what to do if I don’t know what the plan is?
Jeremiah 29 tells me He knows the plans he thinks towards us. His plans are to prosper us and to give us hope right? So what are we hoping for?

You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son so the Lord your God chastens you. “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; Deuteronomy 8:5-7

Glory in His Holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!  Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.
1 Chronicles 16:10-12

Chronicles gives us a taste of the vision God has for us, He wants us to be obediently walking in His ways and then HE will give us great things.
First things first: just because we know the promise of Him wanting us to prosper, or do well in what He has us do does not mean we will get it now. Often we have to walk out our promises in Christ.
We must first seek the Lord and gain strength for the walk He has for us.

I am reminded again of my Uncle who even at 70 plus years of age climbs mountains and hikes like a young man. He is able to do this because he keeps himself tuned for it. If I went out and tried to climb a mountain when I was not prepared to do so I would end up in sad shape by the end of the hike. I may stumble or fall, or even get lost on a trail; but if I took the time to be prepared I would walk the path and know where I was going to lead me.
God has a map for us to follow but we have to look at it, and get an idea of where we are to go from it.
Maps, whether paper or GPS, have directional picture keys and words that teach us how to know what is near and far in a readable design.
Occasionally in life we find a need to look back at the map to see where to go.

In the same way we need to seek God and follow His trail directions in order to reach or achieve the promises He has given us.

Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!
Psalm 105:3-5
Without Him in our daily lives we will become weary; when we seek His face we will be strong, always.

Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:33-35

When we follow the directions God gives us on our GPS, or the Word of God, then we can keep our feet on the path. He lays it out before us and then it is up to us to follow the directions to find peace, love, joy, happiness, and hope for the next great adventure.
A hiker may be weary on the up climb, but the down hill will come easy. If we don’t follow the plan and plug away to the top of the hill we will in no way get to the bottom safely.
Sometimes while trying to follow the plan we either misinterpret a direction or trip up because we are not paying attention, these can cause us to grow weary of keeping up the trek. When we get weary from the trail of life we need to stop and take a bit of time away. Many times in the Bible people were away for 3 days time then they got encouragement, strength and direction from the Lord. It’s kind of neat because Jesus was gone for three days and then came back to life as we know it to show His disciples and us the miracle of eternal life that He made for us! He gave us the directions for what we should do with our lives in Matthew 28:18-20… to go and tell the world of Jesus and all that He is and has done, and will do. That initially is our purpose and we can start there then go forward.
So what is God’s plan? What can we do to fit God into our plans?

We study to show ourselves approved, we accepted Christ, and we obey the command of bringing the Kingdom of God to those who do not yet know the truth that the Truth may set them free. So whatever you are planning for this day; be open for someone who needs to know the truth.
What ever we plan for our lives we must include the fact that God has a better plan and though He may use our wishes and desires to accomplish His desires we must accept that He is God and our Father knows best!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that you have laid out the map before us and all we need to do is follow your steps. Guide us today and show us whom you have put in our lives for Your purpose not just ours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested reading : Matthew 28:10-20 Psalm 119:1-112, and Ephesians 4:1-32, and Jeremiah 29:1-32