by: Paul Stagnaro
We have often heard and talked about God's plans. And just like every plan, God's plans for you began with His vision for you.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We know there is a difference between our plan and the plan that God has for our life. You may think that God should yield to your plans. That we can tell God what we want, and He will do it.
But the reality for a Christian is that we are to yield to Him.
It's difficult to submit ourselves to God's plans. For example, God tells us His plan for forgiveness and salvation. Surrendering to His plans for us to receive forgiveness and salvation requires us to accept His Son Jesus as the Lord of us. But after we invite Jesus into our lives, it is still challenging to know what God's plans are for us.
God's plan is not hoping things will come together. His plan for you is not a concept or theory not tested. God's vision for you is His reality for you; it is the life He wants you to live. He has a purpose for your life.
God had a vision, plan, and purpose for the prophet Jeremiah. God spoke directly to the prophet Jeremiah and Jeremiah attempted to persuade God not to use him as a prophet.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you (chose you) before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." 6 "Alas, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am too young." 7 But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you." NIV (Italics added)
The example of Jeremiah may be a unique example. Not everyone is called by God to be a prophet. But what we read in Jeremiah is not a one-off. King David wrote the following in Psalm 139:15 and 16 "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
God knew of you before you were born. Before the foundation of the world, He knew about you. You may have been a surprise to your parents but not to God.
Remember this; God can see all that you have not yet been.
We know they will come, but we are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises when they occur. We forget that the bumps, bruises, and unexpected events may be there to help shape us into God's vision for our life.
As believers, we should not measure ourselves by our own opinion of ourselves. But against God's Word. Isaiah reminds us of why there are those bumps and bruises.
Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand."
The question for all of us is this; are we willing to be shaped into His vision so that God can use us?
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