As I discussed last week, I’ve been challenged over the years to plan less and trust God more. I don’t think they need to go hand in hand! In fact, don’t assume that God needs to give you the entire picture, of how your purpose will play out before setting some goals. Either way, God is still in control of your future, so don’t assume you will hear from Him in the same way that you get directions from others. God can do anything, but my personal experience, He doesn’t give all the details at once while we are fulfilling our purpose. Instead, He often provides just enough information to help us move forward one step at a time. This helps our faith grow. This does not mean we shouldn’t set goals. Instead, it means we need to trust Him to lead us into the unknown, and that we may need to reevaluate and change our goals as He gives us more information. This is the great part of having a dynamic, collaborative and exciting relationship with Him. Can you imagine if we had the future all figured out? Life would not be as exciting.
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
So, What… for This Week?
As you progress in your purpose and God reveals more information to you, keep a dialogue open with Him, pay attention to the road signs He provides along the way and listen to Him speak to you through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Then you can be confident that He will show you when you are in—and out—of His will.
So, look at the big picture, then break goals down into smaller chunks. However you set goals, it’s important to consider that God is in control and we need to hold on to our plans loosely…BUT, still plan!