As teenagers, the future is a big issue in our lives. We have to make big decisions that can determine the jobs we get, the places we study, the places we live and the people we meet.
I'm sure we all have dreams and aspirations for the future. Sometimes achieving the grades or experience we need to fulfill those dreams is so daunting and hard.

We want to be able to plan for years ahead where we have our perfect job, perfect car, perfect house, perfect spouse, perfect children, but we can't. We tell ourselves that when we've just passed this exam, or got through this part-time job then we can have a clear view of our future.
But so often things don't go according to our plans. I failed that exam and have to re-take it, or I didn't get that job that I really wanted, or I wasn't accepted for that college or uni. But one thing that is so important to remember as we try to plan our future is that God's plans never go wrong.

Proverbs 3:5 says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding.' When we 'lean on our own understanding' we mess things up. We can't trust our own plans for the future, we must trust in the Lord's plans with all our heart.

Accepting that we need to leave our planning for God can be really scary. What if he gets it wrong? What if it's different from my plan? What if I don't want what he's planned for me?
Well the answers are simple. God NEVER messes up plans. His plans will ALWAYS be best for you. And, whether you like it or not, His plans are going to be the ones that happen. You can't change that.

It's so easy to be disappointed because our plans didn't go right when actually God has a much better, much more perfect plan for our lives. Our future always goes according to God's plan.
Did God lose control of His plan when His only, perfect, holy Son died? No. So, did God lose control of His plan when you didn't get into the college that you'd set your heart on? No.

When we look at our future lives and see only school work, exams, college, uni, question after question, no clear plan, a foggy view of things, we need to remember that when God looks at our lives he sees a crystal clear road going just the way he has ordained it. There are no surprise twists and turns for God. It is one straight path that he can see all the way for eternity. And we need to trust God completely that He will lead us down the road that is perfect for us.

Esther Field

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1 comment:

  1. Thank-you, Esther, for this encouraging reminder. It can be so easy to get 'side-tracked' and think of our own plans and forget that our Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for us, as it says in Jeremiah: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (ch. 29 v 11) God knows what is best for us, and soemtimes we get so busy trying to work it out for ourselves we forget to fully trust in the Lord knowing that He is in control and has a perfect plan for us if we fully surrender ourselves to Him. How much more at peace would we all be if we could learn to just completely put our faith and trust in Christ because He knows what is best for us, and will work things out for our good! (Rom. 8:28).

    Changing the subject, Esther, it was lovely meeting you at Rora this week. I read your articles and comments so it was great to actually meet you and your sister at last. I hope to see you again next year!

    In Him, Rebekah x


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