I think we have all experienced those moments when we felt like our life was going nowhere. Times when it felt like God, if He’s really out there, had abandoned us. Or, at least, He didn’t have a plan for our lives. If you’ve never felt that way, praise God for that. For the rest of us, I hope this post provides some encouragement.
Is the Bible True?
This is really the basis for all fo this. If the Bible is not true, then what is says has no value. However, if it is indeed the word of God, then this is where we need to go to answer our questions about faith, God, and pretty much anything else in our lives.
As for me, I believe the Bible is true. I believe that it is the inspired word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.” This verse does not say that SOME Scripture is inspired by God. It does not say that the feel-good parts are inspired by God. It says ALL Scripture.
I know this is difficult to swallow. There are some parts of the Bible that are hard to understand. There are some that are sad. There are even some that are a bit scary, or at least intense. But, if any of it is inspired by God, then all of it has to be. If any of it is not inspired by God, then none of it is.
I believe the Bible is true and is inspired by God. So, when I ask if God has a plan for my life, it is to the Bible that I have to go for answers.
Does God have a plan?
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you…” This right here seems to answer the question posed by the title of this post, “Does God have a plan for MY life?” These few words teach us two things. First, it says that God does, indeed, have a plan for us. It also tells us that God knows these plans.
So, if the Bible is true, and I believe it is, then God does have a plan for my life. But, not just for my life, He has a plan for your life as well.
I know it certainly doesn’t feel like it at times. Or it feels like He may have given up on you and on His plan for your life. For me, it’s comforting to at least know that He HAS a plan.
It takes a little time, sometimes.
God promised to give Abraham a son. Abraham was 75 when God made this promise. He was already a little old for children. Abraham’s son, Isaac, was born when he was 100. Isaac was the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham, but Abraham had to wait 25 years to see it. Thankfully, most of us will not have to wait that long to see God work out the plan He has for our lives. But, most of us will have to wait for a time.
What do I do while I’m waiting?
This Sunday I’m starting a new series called, Stuck in the Middle. In this series, we will be exploring this exact question. Waiting to see God’s plan worked out in your life, or even just waiting for the next step can be difficult. I have often struggled with the question of what I should be doing while I’m waiting for God to show me what’s next.
If you find yourself stuck in the middle, in that space between the last thing God told you to do and the next thing He wants you to do, we’d love for you to join us this Sunday.