My Plan vs God's Plan
I enjoy making plans. Daily plans, monthly plans, a 6 month plan, a 1 year plan, a 3 year plan, a 5 year plan. But when I rely on my own efforts, I rarely see any of my plans work out. Sometimes I even try to force it. I may end up making things happen but I have found that if it isn’t what God had planned for me, it will turn out to be a disaster.
If things don’t go according to our plan we may think we have missed out and get discouraged. If you ask God for something and He does not give it to you, it doesn’t mean He is holding out on you or doesn’t want you to be blessed. God has a divine plan. Look at that closed door as a blessing and watch for another door to be opened. You will be amazed at the blessings and joy behind the correct door.
We are God’s children and in the same way that we want only the best for our kids, God wants only the best for us. If our children ask us for something that they are not ready for or that will harm them, we say no. God does the same thing. He loves us too much to give us things that will harm us.
Like me, you may be praying to buy a house. If the contract falls through or you don’t get approved, you may get discouraged and try to force it to happen through other avenues. When in fact, God closed the door for a reason. This house may be more than you can comfortably afford. It may have an unseen problem that would cause undue suffering down the road. It could be in an area that will soon flood or be riddled with crime. He knows the future and uses His insight to guide our steps.
I can remain content with what I have if I ask God for what I want, knowing that He will bring it to pass at just the right time. If it is not right for me, He will give me something much better than what I asked for. He knows what we want. He put the desires in our heart. But for the best possible results, we should discuss it with our Father and make the plans together.