“ Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, …He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, …the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. …I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him. Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 GNT
In life we learn to trust people. I have learned that I can trust my wife, key mentors and friends, and the church staff to name a few. And I have learned that I can trust God and that He has a plan for my life that is far better than anything I can plan for myself.
God has proven over time that He and His faithfulness can be trusted, so I have no qualms about putting my confidence in God’s plans more than my own. God tells us that He already knows the plans He has for us, and these plans include giving us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). My plans usually don’t always work and sometimes they end in disaster. Fortunately, this is never the case with God, which is why I trust Him and I believe in Him.
The Bible says that God, “…works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,” (Ephesians 1:11) This means that every event that occurs does so after God’s plan. God is not arbitrary. “…He knows everything.” (1 John 3:20) Therefore, everything that God permits to occur He permits for a reason whether it be good or bad (Acts 4:27-28).
When we face trials we tend to think that God sat down one day and designed a life plan with too many bumps in the road – too much stress, too many problems and too few solutions. Nothing could be further from the truth. God controls all things by His power, even the “bumps in the road” ahead for us.
When talking to people about God’s plan, I often suggest that they spend more time with the plan maker. When we spend time with Him, the plan naturally unfolds. The more we seek Him, the more we find ourselves smack-dab in the middle of His life plan for us. Sometimes I fail because I put my plan ahead of God’s plan and sometimes I am misunderstood because I have chosen to follow God’s plan instead of someone else’s. Certainly, we can fail and have to start again. It is a matter of whether you trust the plan maker and the plan and whose plan you are going to follow. The secret is letting go and letting God work His plan in us.
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6. This passage instructs us to fully trust in God, not on our own understanding. How do we know if God is trustworthy? What are some specific ways we can trust in Him?
- Really trusting God requires us to be willing to do whatever God says in the Bible, even if we don’t agree with it. What are some areas that make trusting God difficult for you (for example, finances, forgiveness, loving enemies, etc.)? Why do think it’s hard to trust Him with everything?
- Take your hands off your life, drop your conditions and let go. What is one thing you can completely give to God now?