Have you ever wondered if you might have missed something? We have all experienced the stray thought that flashes into our consciousness that questions what we are doing at that very moment. We question why we might have walked into a room, bought a certain type of snack or simply forgot to turn off the “coffee pot”. In most cases we quickly regain our train of thought and continue on to the task at hand but, there are other times when the wonderment causes you to take another look and evaluate the choices that you have made or are in the process of making.
Our lives become an open book as we systematically break down our every decision, comparing the playbook of our minds and assigning weight to each outcome that our choices produced. All of a sudden that choice to change jobs 20 years ago or the type of home you purchased comes into full view and you pick apart each critical junction of that path you chose. Problem is, hindsight is not always 20/20! We tend to forget that our lives are not always our own. Spouses, kids, family and friends all have a part to play in our decision making. Usually the one person we tend to forget is the One that knows us better than anyone previously considered….God.
His plan is the one that is set in stone and He knew our inward parts even before the breath was in our brand new lungs. Psalm 139:13-16, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depth’s of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Even though we think that we are in control we really aren’t. Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Call it what you want, divine guidance, karma, intuition or dumb luck, each of us has been guided along according to His plans.
Now, I know that some of you may quickly dismiss that suggestion as pure nonsense but that still doesn’t change the fact that it is true. We were created for fellowship with God but mankind decided that not obeying God was a better choice, yet, even that was in God’s plan. He knew that we could not live apart from our sin and no matter how hard we tried we could never live up to His perfect standard. You see, God is Love but He is also Just and our sins cannot go unpunished. Every action has consequences. You can’t pick and choose which attribute you want to accept from God. It is all or nothing. Ephesians 1:3-10, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
So the next time you stop to consider your life’s many paths and roadways consider this, God really does have an amazing plan for your life. You just have to stop and let Him tell you what it is; like a roadmap the Bible is a good place to start.
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