Having a plan and a direction is one of the most satisfying feelings.
Can I get an amen?
Here’s the kicker, what happens when we don’t have a plan, or when one falls through? Or, what happens when doubt sneaks into our minds and our hearts as to whether or not we are anywhere close to the infamous “right path?” Where do we find our satisfaction then?
Life is going deal some tough hands. Sometimes you are going to feel like you are doing everything right, but somehow, instead of moving forward, you are taking 10 steps backward. However, it is how we respond to those hands that will ultimately make or break our joy.
A wonderful friend of mine asked me this question, and I want to pose the same to you.
“Will you still praise God even when things do not go your way?”
Talk about a hard slap of conviction.
It’s easy to find joy in life when you have a plan and times are good! What’s not easy is getting down on bended knee, palms up to the heavens, and praising God for the unknown.
So today, I want to lay down some encouragement.
Regardless of the uncertainties you may have, whether that be of the future or the “whys” behind undesirable circumstances, God is still God. He hasn’t changed. Therefore, His goodness has changed neither. Furthermore, His promises and plans are not faulty!
You are also not a failure. God is not disappointed in you nor does He love you any less because we, as weak and finite beings, cannot screw up the plans of the Lord. God is as sovereign now as He has ALWAYS been.
And loved ones, remember this, nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God and His plans for our life. God fights for us. He is for us and no circumstance, no fallen plan of yours, no uncertainty, no doubt, no person, no demotion, no fear, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper!
So, where do we go from here?
Let’s start by praising God!
Psalm 98:1 says “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.”
Strike up the band people! Usher in Jesus the King! He’s made known to us His salvation and has redeemed us with His only son’s blood!
I will never know for sure what my future holds. I will never even know what tomorrow brings. But, y’all I can tell you what I do know. Today is one more day God has given me to live. Instead of focusing on what’s to come, I’m going to live in the moments He has graciously given me now and praise Him for not only every single one of those moments, but also every single moment that has yet to come.
God is not unfaithful. He will deliver. Be open, be submissive, be willing, and be thankful.
Here is my new song…
By His blood,
by His power,
I trust in Him.
All my life,
all my days,
I will give Him all my praise.
I trust in Him.
With that, I leave you with one last question:
What’s your new song?
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your hear. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)