I get extremely caught up trying to “achieve” God’s plan for my life–as if that’s even possible. I feel like if it isn’t in my hands and I’m not doing everything in my power to attain it, God’s plan will never come. Having read that, I’m sure you can imagine how I felt when I read the above passage of scripture. If I’m so busy trying to get things done in my life then I’m forgetting what He’s done in the past, and therefore, I won’t release my future into His hands.
When I speak, I’m constantly talking about perspective. It’s my firm belief that all of the commands God has given us are beneficial to us. Most of these commands help us by changing our perspective. For example, worshiping in song with our church family shifts our focus from being on ourselves to the collective and helps our hearts and minds prepare to hear from the word. Or, take praying, for another example. When we pray, Jesus told us to start with praise and worship, we begin by declaring that God is awesome. This changes our perspective and increases our resolve to bring our petitions before our God who created everything. It’s pretty awesome that God knew we’d need these things. He knew it so well He “commanded” us to do this stuff.
Isaiah 46:8-11 reminds us that God is in control. I feel like He was trying to shift our perspective. He’s saying, “Hey! Stop looking at your abilities. You’ve got me up here watching out for your future. Shouldn’t you trust me? Remember what I did last time?” If our perspective can change from How can I get to God’s plan to I can’t wait to see God bring about His plan, we can avoid some mega stress and worry.
In the last two verses, we’re assured that His plans are good. We may not be good. What we’ve done to His world may not be good. What we do to each-other surely isn’t good, but He is and has got it under control. He’s an awesome God who has plans and will see His plans come to pass no matter how much we try to screw it up. So stop worrying. Quit stressing out about being in His will and just live according to His word. When you do that, you’ll see His plan come in His time. That sounds pretty good to me.
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.