Plans vs Purpose

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. (Proverbs 19:21 MSG)

There are two points that we can pull from this verse that Solomon wrote.

The first is that no matter what we have planned in our life, God’s purpose will happen. Just ask Jonah. He planned to run from God and got on boat headed to Tarsus which was in the opposite direction that God had purposed for him. After getting thrown off the boat and spending a few days in the belly of a great fish, Jonah finally ended up in Nineveh where God had purposed for him to go in the first place. How about the disciples? They were enjoying their lives fishing, collecting taxes, practicing medicine, and living out their trades until Jesus came along and said “Follow me.” Or what about Paul? Who was on his way to Damascus in order to persecute Christians when Jesus literally knocked him off his high horse and totally change the trajectory of his life. Even Jesus had to come to the point while praying in the garden where He said not my plans Father, but your purpose be done.

I love what Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, said “Quit praying for God to bless your plans and get involved with His purpose which is already blessed.” In other words, trust that God has purposed for your life far greater than you could ever ask or imagine.

The second point we can pull from this verse is that, although the enemy might devise, scheme, and plan against you, you shouldn’t worry or be afraid because what God has purposed will prevail. Paul wrote in Romans 8:28 that God will work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So you shouldn’t be overtaken or consumed by what man may do to you because God will work everything for your good. What the enemy planned for evil, God will purpose it for good. This is why Paul wrote a few verses later in that same chapter of Romans “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 ESV)

So quit the planning committee and jump on board with God’s purpose today!


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