When life goes according to plan, we feel happy and secure. But, when it doesn’t? We might become angry, frustrated, confused, lost, or any combination of these.
Why is this?
Because we like to sense we’re in control. It’s a human thing.
Life often doesn’t go according to plan. There are all kinds of reasons: sickness, financial issues, work problems, personality clashes, scheduling, and probably a thousand other causes common to man. We’re supposed to be flexible and go with the flow, but that is easier said than done.
What can a Christian do when his plans don’t work out?
Here’s a little bit of biblical advice.
Trust in the Lord, not our own understanding. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Read the Bible and know how it applies to your circumstance. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).
Jesus told His disciples Follow me. When we pause and ask the Lord what He wants us to do, He will guide us.
Seek wise counsel. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).
Honest prayer, asking, and thanksgiving bring about peace. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
Recognize that God has a purpose in everything that happens to us, when we are living in His will. It will end up for our good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
The truth is that every person’s life is uncertain. No one’s goes according to plan.
It is important to put our trust in the One who knows exactly what will happen and who promises to guide us through each day. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death (Psalm 48:14).
This year 2020 has not gone according to plan. Who would ever have thought that small boutiques would only admit six customers or that we would be wearing masks at fairs and stores? No one would have anticipated the changes in schooling, businesses, and even curfews in some places. Would we have thought that other catastrophes would have happened, as well? No.
Since we never know what a day, month, or year may hold, we need a guide. We need someone we can trust. That Someone is the Lord. He knows everything. We can follow Him.
May the Lord bless you today and guide you through this Christmas season and in the New Year.