Why doesn’t the Lord always help us achieve our plans?

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Our plans are not always God’s plans (Isaiah 55:8). He may see that it is best for us and for His cause to refuse our very best intentions. But of one thing we may be assured, He will greatly bless those who sincerely devote themselves and all they have to His glory (Deut. 28:2-8).

If God sees it best not to grant our desires, He will counterbalance the refusal by giving us tokens of His love and entrusting to us other plans. Jesus assures us, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13).

Even, if we make mistakes, God will turn it around for our good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

In His loving care and interest for us, He who understands us better than we understand ourselves, may refuse to permit us selfishly to seek the gratification of our own ambition. Instead, He will encourage us to walk in the path of righteousness for this path will gives us the very training essential to prepare us for a higher call. Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed (Matthew 6:10).

And in the future when we look back and see clearly Gods plan, we shall see why our unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings. Then, we will declare, “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways” (Revelation 15:3)

Therefore, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Our daily prayer should be, Lord, help us to know your will that we may walk in it. Help us to let go of our plans that we may not lose your blessings.

In His Service,

Fred