Gods plan for each and every one of us is different. We are not privileged to know what God has planned for our life. We all have our plans and desires that we want to enact. How do our plans differ from Gods plan? Our desires make us do one thing, and Gods plan leads to another. Have you ever thought that our desires end up being what God has planned for our life?
We all have success and failures in our life. One thing is for sure; God designs all of our successes and failures. He knows what will happen to us before we do it. You might ask, why would God want us to fail and not succeed all of the time? There are several parts to this. If we succeed all of the time, we would have less of a desire to lean on God to solve our problems. I am sure that some of you might even wander through life praying for help in dangerous situations but forgetting to praise God for the good times.
Another part to our failures is finding strength in our trials. God gives us trials so that we rely on him for our strength and comfort. He also teaches lessons during our trials. The lessons we learn can be anything. Learning to cope with loss, getting rid of pride in our life and being a more caring person are examples of the experience gained through trials.
1 Peter 5:10 NASB “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
How do we align our plan with Gods plan?
The best way that I have found to align my plan with Gods plan is to pray. Pray before starting my journey. Pray during my journey for wisdom and guidance. My grandmother always told me to put feet to prayer. This has stuck in my mind my entire life. We can pray and pray, but if we don't act God cannot work in our life. He is not a genie in the bottle; he is a loving father. Being in prayer only partially aligns our plan with God. Part of growing in your spiritual walk is to fail and make mistakes. Each mistake or failure in our life, God uses to further his kingdom. If you do not see his blessings in your life, you should re-evaluate your reliance on God.
So to recap, pray for your journey. Start your journey and continue to ask for God's guidance. When you fail or have struggles, seek God's word for solutions. Continue to follow the road laid ahead of you. If God decides to turn your path, follow the path that he sets out for you. Sometimes struggles are a test of endurance. Other times struggles are a warning of what lies ahead. They may act as warning signs to get off the path that you are on and choose a different path.
Be intentional in your prayer and listen to what God tells you. Remember that God knows what is best for you, even if that means going through a trial in your life. Turn your trials into blessings and thank God for his hand in your life.