“For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:16
I find it incredibly rewarding to make plans and see them come to fruition. I often have a road map in my mind as to what my life should look like. As I seek God, I do what I believe He wants me to do and I pray for His continued direction in my life. However, if I’m really honest with myself, much of my identity is wrapped up into those plans and they often are my plans; I am merely seeking His blessing on them. But, we’ve all experienced this, haven’t we? Not everything goes according to plan.
“God absolutely wrecked the plans I had for my personal life and where I thought my life was going. It wasn’t easy. If you are in that place and you feel like he is ripping something from your hands, he might be aggressively trying to get you into a place of absolute dependence on him. I would encourage you to welcome that” – Matthew Dawes
Recently, I’ve come to realize that things are completely different than I thought. Planning is all about loving God first. As I deeply love Him and walk with Him, He changes my desires. He will even “wreck” my plans and allow things to be ripped away. When that happens, I can’t change what has taken place, but I do have choices as to what I do from that point on. I can choose to be completely dependent on Him. I’ve learned that God wrecks so that He can create. I’m different when I choose His way over mine. There is a quiet acceptance in my spirit. It is there that He truly is the potter and I am the clay. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about!
Is God trying to get your attention? How busy are you seeking His blessing on your plans?
Lord, I pray that I would love You above all else, that I would be completely dependent on You. Give me a heart of praise and thanksgiving in those times when it appears You are ripping things away. I pray that You would be my every thing. Thank You that You love me so much that You are willing to wreck havoc on the plans I make which come from a limited understanding of what You want to do through me. Thank You Jesus that You love me so much and that You are my light in dark places so that You can fulfill the plans that You have. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Prayerfully read Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and ask God to reveal to you the ways that you can choose life – the life He intends for you to have.