HIS DESIRE, HIS PLAN, OUR HAPPINESS

HIS DESIRE, HIS PLAN, OUR HAPPINESS

We all need to make decisions as we navigate through life. Depending on our nature,
we might love figuring it all out or it might scare us. For most of us, it’s probably a bit
of both.

Personally, I don’t like making decisions. Twice in my adult life I’ve broken down and
cried in a food court because there were just too many choices of what to eat for
lunch. How sad is that?! If my husband and kids would go along with me, I’d eat the
same thing every day simply to avoid having to decide what to prepare. And this says
nothing for the bigger choices in life, like where to live, what career choices to make,
how to spend my money, and many other things.

At the end of the day, my life will be a collection of my choices and the resultant
consequences, good and bad. For me, this realization highlights two things:
1. I really need God’s help.

2. I also need a plan.

The beauty in all of this is that God is eager to be an active participant if I will allow
Him to. If I acknowledge Him, He will direct my path. If His Word is in my heart, none
of my steps will slide. If I hold up His Word, it will be a light to my path and show me
the way to go. God’s got His part squared away, so what about mine?

A good place to start is to study God’s Word and the standard He’s given us to live
by. God’s Word is like reflectors on a dark road. The reflectors show you the divide
between the lanes, so you don’t veer into oncoming traffic, and they show you the
edge of the road, so you don’t drop off into a ravine. Knowing God’s Word gives you a
set of boundaries and provides guidance to help keep you on course.

Sometimes it’s really simple: I know God’s Word tells me to be loving and kind, so
asking a question like “What’s the loving thing to do?” can reveal the obvious best
choice. But sometimes it’s more complicated, like when all options fall within God’s
will, or when I have a strong personal feeling about a situation which affects my
decision-making process. It can be difficult to come to a decision that we can be at
peace with. But remember that the Bible says He will direct our paths if we
acknowledge Him, so we can expectHis help and guidance if we ask for it.

Have you heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably
end up somewhere else”? God’s Word assumes we’ve made plans: “May he grant
you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.”

Naturally, just because we have a plan—and even if it aligns with God’s plan—
doesn’t mean that it will materialize instantaneously, or without struggle or challenge.
If your path is anything like mine, it’s not a straight shot. However, having a general
plan, goal, or destination helps me as I make daily choices along my path.

When I come to a fork in the road, my plan helps me know which path to take. When I
feel alone in my journey, it helps me remember that I chose this path because of
where it would take me. When other paths seem easier, or for some other reason
entice me, I remember that this destination is the desire of my heart.

God has a unique plan for each of our lives. Since God created us in His image with
free will to make decisions, we get to be active participants in determining and
pursuing that plan. If you already know where you’re going, stay close to God’s Word
and let it guide you along the path. If you aren’t sure where you’re going, focus on
living as God’s Word teaches us to, and God will put His plan in your heart. Once His
plan, His desire, is in your heart, you will know what to do.

5 Comments

  1. Ludwig Esther
    February 9, 2016, 8:33 pm   /  Reply

    Hi, I realy like your devotions.
    They are inspiring.
    A question: why are there no bible verses anymore
    at the end of every devotion.

    Thankyou

  2. February 8, 2018, 3:44 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for your story, and I realize that I must stay more focus on God.

  3. Carlene
    February 8, 2018, 6:35 am   /  Reply

    I really can relate to some parts of your stories I love reading these.

  4. February 8, 2018, 8:19 pm   /  Reply

    Lately the message has come to me about keeping God first…by living his way, his will be done, no matter what. Anything put before God, I heard that you will lose. For myself, by keeping life in the day, moment by moment, once I surrender to God each morning and go with the flow, if a sin arises, I ask forgiveness in Jesus name and it is done!. My life is amazing with God the Father, his Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Gods plan for life is the way for me…always and in all ways. Today I realize that he gives us the desires of our heart if we ask, in Divine Timing.

  5. Jacob
    February 12, 2018, 5:51 am   /  Reply

    Proverbs 3:5-6.
    This is one of my absolute favorite verses in the KJV Bible. Countless times… too many to count… when I’ve been uncertain, or afraid of something in my life, if I read those verses, pray, then clear my mind of everything (thoughts, people, problems, etc)… and quiet myself… and pay attention to what God brings to me… I usually get the solution, that best fits the situation; in a godly and spiritual manner, for living a pleasing life for Good… and myself.

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