“In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps.” - Proverbs 16:9
So… I consider myself a planner.
Not that anything is wrong with planning, but it can produce an over-thinking mind with over-thought plans that are all done on ones’ own.
That’s where the problem comes in. When we plan, we tend to lean towards planning things on our own. Based on our own feelings, our own schedules, our own capabilities, and what we think will be best for us. Wait.. then what about God?
This can be affecting us in so many aspects of our lives without us even knowing.
Education: Plan to take classes & be busy filling up time with studying 24/7. What are we ultimately doing it for? Are we even paying attention when we need to in class? Or procrastinating & cramming to study in a time that we should have been at church? Who are you doing it for?
Career: Is your career that you planned out ultimately to give glory back to God? Are God’s talents and provisions of having gone through all the education and experiences being manifested into something for Him? It’s so dangerous to get caught up in things when money and praise are involved. Yeah, you’re good at what you do.. but do you even remember who gave you the abilities to do it?
Relationships: He/she’s the right one… I think? We were so hurt before from past experiences & now this person seems like they’re different. Man, when we’re dealing with hearts, it becomes really dangerous. But who does your heart ultimately belong to? Who should sweep us off our feet & be our true love?
My long drives home give me solitude time with the Lord. I feel like He does a lot of speaking to me in the car. And recently this past week He has been super straight-forward with me. He has been continuing to repeat the same thing over & over again.
“I WON’T STOP UNTIL I HAVE ALL OF YOU…
I WON’T STOP UNTIL I AM ALL OF YOU…”
Man.. God loves you & I so much. My fire for the Lord really helped me to witness more blessings & crazy movement these past months. When we really spend time with Him & pour/use what we have to glorify Him alone, He wants to just give us more & more. He shows us more & more. He moves more & more.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” - Philippians 2:13
We try to move our own hands in our own lives, while God is ready to give us the best when we are merely faithful to Him. All that we have right now that we think is best for us.. what if it was only 25% as amazing as what God wants to give us. We’re totally missing out on something that would make our hearts explode, for something that only makes our heart race. That’s what we do to ourselves when we settle on our own plans. That sucks.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”
- Proverbs 2:6-9
When God calls, listen. When God directs you, run. When God asks you to let go, let go. I’ve been learning the hard way. God finally got sick of just watching me think I knew what was best for me, so He decided to give me a shout so I could hear. He has my back. Sometimes it’s hard to understand, but God gives us understanding. When I’m honest with God & really am ready to hear what He thinks, I just ask. I straight forward ask Him, “Dad, what’s up? What am I doing? Is this okay?” Trust me, He’ll be honest right back.
Don’t settle for what you’re capable of. Don’t settle for someone you think is best for your happiness. Let go & receive what God is capable of doing through you & someone God has perfectly planned to help lead you to wanting more of Him.
Just stop! Why are you so busy? Really stop & let go.. Let God.