Does God have a plan for me? What is God’s plan for me? What is God’s purpose for my life? Does he even actually have a plan for me?
What IS God’s purpose for your life?
These are all intriguing questions and ones which every Christian, and likely non-Christian alike find themselves pondering at some point in their lives. In this post, we will discuss the biblical proofs that God does in fact have a plan for everyone.
I will also add some personal experiences of my own that provides further proof that God has a plan for my life……..and yours.
What the Bible says about God’s Plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“. When you ask, “What is God’s Plan for Me”, think deep on this scripture for a moment. The creator of all that ever was, all that is, and all that ever will be, THE creator of you and I, has a plan specifically for you. Is that not an amazing thought?
In Romans 12:2, Paul wrote, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve of what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will”. Not only does this say that God has a plan for us, but that we can come to know His plan.
Why Doesn’t God Make His Plan Clear?
Although the Bible makes it clear that God does have a plan for all of us, that does not mean He will hold our hands every step of the way and make our decisions for us. That’s a tough concept to swallow. So if God doesn’t make His plan clear, and if He doesn’t make decisions for us to keep us on track with His perfect plan, how do we know we are living and making decisions according to His plan?
Decisions. Everyone has decisions to make each and every day. One eye-opening quote I came across recently states, “Decisions are the hardest thing to make, especially when it’s a choice between where you should be and where you want to be”. This is a very applicable thought when considering God’s plan and will.
On my way to work one morning this week, I decided to stop at a small store and buy a small pack of powdered donuts. I’m a sucker for the little things and they go great with coffee. As I approached the counter to pay, the cashier smiled and said, “did you find what you need?”.
Right then it hit me. Without hesitation I responded, “well, I didn’t find what I need but I found what I want”. What just happened? For a guy, a former Marine, always “trying” to stay in shape, that little 500 calorie pack of donuts is the last thing I “needed”. But the temptation to stop and get them got the best of me. So I decided to give in and get them adding to my calorie count for the day, my waistline and bad cholesterol count. Was it God’s plan to tempt me? Likely not as God will not tempt us. That morning I was tempted, I gave in, and made a bad decision.
Remember James 1:13 which states, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone”. What does this have to do with God’s plan? We have to ask ourselves when making choices and decisions whether those choices and decisions are based on temptations. Are we fulfilling a “want” in our decisions or are we fulfilling a “need”?
If we keep God in mind with ALL our decisions and separate the difference between “needs” and “wants”, the decision-making process becomes more clear. Note that I didn’t say “easier”. The decision for me to NOT stop at that store and purchase that pack of donuts would’ve been harder than the decision I made.
Keep this in mind for all your decisions. God’s plan for your life will come with much more clarity when you include Him with ALL your decisions, both big and small.
If God Has a Plan for Me, Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening to Me?
Have you ever considered that God is responsible for everything, both good AND bad? Stop for a second and think about that. Is it possible that bad things are place in your life for a reason?
Maybe, just maybe those bad things are part of a bigger plan. Maybe that promotion at work you were passed over for wasn’t what God wanted you to do anyway. Maybe that illness you’re suffering is a test of faith and an opportunity to bring you closer to God. Maybe that flat tire was just way to slow you down to prevent that accident you would have been involved in had you continued on. The list goes on and on.
Consider the story of Job in the bible. Job was by all accounts a rich, successful and happy man who had all in his time a family could want. He had wealth, land, a large family, and above all he was a righteous and Godly man. But Satan said to God the only reason Job was righteous was because of all the “things”, the “stuff”, that God had blessed Job with. Satan went on to say that without all that “stuff”, Job would lose that righteousness and curse God.
What happened next is further proof that God is responsible for ALL things in our lives, both good AND bad. So God allowed Satan access to Job with the condition that he did not take Job’s life. Soon after, Job lost everything from his children to his wealth, livestock and home.
Job lost every material possession he had in addition to all of his children and even his health. He was reduced to a man dressed in rags sitting on a heap of ashes. While at his lowest point, his friends and even his wife came to him accusing him of unconfessed sins and stating he was being punished by God for them. His own wife questioned him asking why he still maintained his faith in God and told him to curse God and die.
Little did any of them know that God was not punishing Job at all. In fact, God was using Job as part of His larger plan to glorify God! God was responsible for all of Jobs losses, not through a punishment, but as part of His plan! When all was said and done, God restored Job’s material possessions.
Even during his time of sorrow, pain and suffering, Job prayed for his friends who were accusing him of the unconfessed sins showing his unwavering faith in God. As stated in Job 42:10, “after Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before“.
The story of Job paints an outstanding picture of how God uses even bad things in our lives to accomplish His plan for us and Him. The trick, as we saw through Job, is to maintain our faith and trust in God during both the good AND bad times.
The Ultimate Purpose for Our Lives.
Exodus 9:16 states, “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”.
That’s right; our ultimate purpose is to spread the word about God and the saving grace of his son Jesus Christ.
John 6:40 states, “For this is the will of God, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Regardless of the good or bad decisions we make, it is God’s will that we believe in his son, Jesus Christ and accept the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us so that we can all have eternal life.
God’s will for our life is to conform and be like his Son Jesus Christ who as perfect and sinless in every way. That’s a tall order and ultimately impossible for anyone to achieve. Romans 3:10 states, “There is no one righteous, not even one”. So if no one is righteous, how on earth can we even come close to conforming to the perfect image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Simple. Pray this prayer: Lord God, I have shut you out of my life for far too long; not even acknowledged you. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. By faith I accept your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust in you and you alone as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus for this ultimate gift. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for taking my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. Come into my heart, mind and soul, Lord Jesus, and save me from myself. Amen.
By praying this prayer, and believing in your heart the words you just spoke, you have taken the most important step in your life here on earth.
Imagine you’ve died and are standing before God. There are two books in front of him; one that has your name on it, the other has Jesus’ name on. Each book contains every single action, thought, word spoken, both good and bad, inside of them. Jesus’ book is full of goodness, glowing, full of perfection and completely sinless. Yours on the other hand is not near as good.
Because of your acceptance of Jesus as your savior, God removes the cover from that perfect book of Jesus and places it over all the content of your book and then places the cover of the book with your name on it over the content of Jesus’ book.
This is God’s plan and will for your life and that you will accept him and waste no time spreading the word to everyone to do the same.