Seeking Him First Day 3 – Future Plans
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5, ESV)
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22, ESV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8, ESV)
The younger version of myself wasn’t spiritually mature enough to wait on God’s leading in my life for many of the big decisions that lay before me. If that young woman had had her way, she might have married someone totally wrong for her and immersed herself in a career that would quickly have become irrelevant with the rise of the internet era. My life would have taken an entirely different path, one I am so thankful I didn’t take.
It’s somewhat puzzling that most of the biggest decisions we face hit us when we are still pretty young. Where will we go to college? What kind of career do we want to pursue? Who should we date and then eventually marry? Where will we settle down and make a life for ourselves? Should we rent fresh out of college, or buy a home instead? All of these events have a huge impact on the direction we’re traveling in life. That’s why we need to seriously consider how our plans and goals line up with God’s Word.
It’s not just a struggle young people face. This discipline of inviting God into our decisions is something all of us as Christ followers need to continually keep at the forefront. Moving forward without considering biblical principles will often result in frustration, stress, or heartache. We will miss out on opportunities and the fulfillment that comes with seeing God’s purposes realized in us.
Most of us who have lived to blow out lots of birthday candles have made bad decisions. We’ve ventured out without first considering God’s thoughts on our plans. We’ve seen how it often alienates us from people God wants in our lives to encourage us and bring us closer to Him. Too many times I’ve fallen victim to my own impulsive nature only to come up feeling lost or being off-track spiritually. So it’s a great practice to habitually ask ourselves some questions when we are faced with a big decision. Here are a few you may want to consider:
- Will one road lead me away from regularly attending a God-honoring place of worship?
- Will this person inspire me to live for Christ, or influence me poorly?
- Can I afford it?
- Does it line up with biblical values?
- Am I compromising my values to accommodate someone?
- What is my motivation for what I want to do?
- Would Christ be pleased with my decision?
- Is it good for me in every way?
- Will it bring dishonor to the name of Jesus?
These are just a sample of some questions we might ask as we face a decision so we can make the best possible choice. As we mature spiritually, we understand the necessity for asking these types of questions in order that we might honor God in our decisions and ultimately with our lives. Whether you’re young or old in your faith, we want to encourage you to seek Him in your life decisions. He deeply cares and wants to guide you along your way.
When we are willing to consider Him in all we face, we will find purpose and joy as He uses us to further the work of His kingdom. When we fail to look to Him for direction, we will not experience God’s best for us. This is a tragic loss! May we honor Him with the decisions we make and look to Him for guidance for our futures!