Beth Moore (author, speaker, teacher) recently noted:
God is the one with the real plan.
"You don't even know what tomorrow will bring" James 4:14. But God does. We have all sorts of plans jotted in our calendars preordaining the next year, but they're mostly based on theory. His is the only day timer based on certainty. That's one reason why spending time with God in His Word in the morning is so vital. He wants to prepare us for the reality of our upcoming day. Not our theory.
Here are a few verse that give us insight into His side of the plan.
Psalm 139:16: Your eyes saw me when I was formless, all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.
(He has my days planned out)
Acts 17:26-28: From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said "For we are also His offspring."
(I live where I live, in my town, my situation, my ethnicity so that I might know God - and He is near!)
Ephesians 2:10: We are God's masterpiece. He has created us a new in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
(He planned out GOOD things for me to do - I should ask Him about them in the morning before I start my day)
Jeremiah 29:11: "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Prosper noted...)
I have talked with several friends recently who are in the middle of: What Should I Do Land. At a crossroads of the soul. And it's hard emotionally, spiritually, personally....on every front.
Are you ever tempted to think that this whole human thing is rigged? That God formed us with souls that seek well-being yet shuns us when we do what comes naturally?
What if we understood down to the marrow of our bones that His is the only plan that really does end up prospering us? What if we really believed Jesus when He said that those who insist on finding their own lives will lose them and those who lose them for His sake will find them? (Matt 16:25) What if we really believed, that if we seek Gods' kingdom and His righesousness, everything else of true value would be given to us, too? (Matt 6:33) What if we really believed that "He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?" (Romans 8:32) What if we really believed that "godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1 Tim 4:8)?
What if we really believed that God is not only great, He is good?