Now, more than ever, people are asking, “What is God’s plan for me?”

In decades past, this question didn’t press as heavily upon people. People often simply took the path laid out for them, whether that be working on the family farm or following in the occupational footsteps of their parents.

In recent decades, however, things have become increasingly uncertain for those trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Job and educational options have dramatically multiplied. People are putting off marriage and children until later in life. Economic uncertainty has made it tough for some people to find well-paying jobs.

You may find yourself thinking, I hope God has a plan for me!

The good news is that He most certainly does. In this article, we’re going to see what the Bible has to say about God’s plan for you. The goal? That you may be encouraged and filled with hope.

Does God Have A Plan For Me?

The Bible makes it very clear that God has a good plan for each of His children. God is sovereign over and in control of all things. He knows the end from the beginning, and ordains everything that happens.

Isaiah 46:9-10 says,

“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’”

Nothing happens without God declaring that it will happen. He is in control of every event in your life, even the ones that are painful.

Not only is God sovereign, He is also good. Everything that He does is truly good. Everything you experience comes from the good hand of your loving Father who absolutely delights in you.

Romans 8:28 says,

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

This is a wonderfully reassuring truth. Even if the future seems confusing or dark to you, you can be sure that God will work all things together for your good. When you know that God is both totally sovereign and completely good, you can rest in Him.

Pastor Adrian Rogers said:

"Friend, you'll be a happy person if you'll just resign from being God and let God be God. There are certain things you will never understand until you get to heaven—if you understand them then! “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” That's God's sovereign will. Not a blade of grass moves without His permission. Because we are not omniscient and are limited by the earthly restraints of time and space, we cannot know what the future holds, we cannot understand fully why certain things happen."

You can’t control the future, but you know the One who does control it. God has a definite good plan for you. He may take you places that you never expected but you can be confident that those places truly are good.

Psalm 23:1-3 famously puts it this way:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

God is shepherding you through life, leading you to green pastures and still waters. God may lead you through dark valleys and deep rivers, but He has not left you. His plan for you is still in place and you can rest in that.

Pastor Adrian Rogers said,

“Friend, don't be afraid of the will of God. The will of God is what you'd want for yourself if you had enough sense to want it. God is a good God. God loves you. God is not a cosmic killjoy.”

What Is God’s Plan?

So what is God’s specific plan for your life? Does God want you to take that job or marry that person or move to that city? Well, in one sense the Bible doesn’t say. It is not a set of steps that you must follow to get to your destination.

Pastor Adrian Rogers said:

"God's will for you is not a roadmap. It is a relationship. How did He lead the children of Israel through the wilderness? Did he give them a map? No, He gave them a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire (His presence) and said, “Follow that. Just stay in a relationship with Me.” Many of us would like a map to say, “We're going to go from here to end up there.” But God won’t do that and I'm glad He doesn't. That would take the romance and excitement out of it. We would have fear and apprehension if we knew what tomorrow holds for us. I'm glad we don't."

The key to understanding God’s will for your life is having a close relationship with the Lord. As you spend time with the Lord, reading His word and praying, you’ll begin to get a sense of what God desires for you. He will speak to you and guide you, leading you forward.

Ephesians 2:10 says,

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God has good works prepared for you to walk in. As you draw near to God, He will show you the good works that He desires you to do.

Pastor Adrian Rogers said:

"You've been saying, “I've been stumbling around. I can't find the will of God. I don't know the will of God.” May I ask you a personal question? How much time are you spending alone with God? With your Bible in a quiet time, reporting for duty? God may be speaking, but you're just not listening. Even when you pray, you're not listening. Rather than saying, “Speak Lord, your servant hears you, you're saying, “Listen, Lord, I'm talking.”

When evaluating whether or not to do something, ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Does God’s word say anything about it?
  • Is this loving to others?

If the Bible speaks clearly about an issue, then you must obey what it says. If the Bible isn’t clear, seek to evaluate whether your actions are loving to others. By striving to love God and love others, you can ensure that you’re walking in a way that honors God.

If God’s word doesn’t speak to the issue and you’re walking in love, then you are free to do something.

So, for example, say that you’re trying to decide whether to take a job. Is there anything about taking the job that will cause you to disobey the Lord or be unloving to others? If not, then you have the freedom to take it.

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Can You Mess Up God’s Plan?

All this raises a hugely important question: can you mess up God’s plan for your life?

There are two ways to answer this question. In one sense, you can’t mess up God’s plan because He’s sovereign over everything, including your actions. Nothing you do surprises God or catches Him off guard. From eternity past, He has known exactly what He will do in your life and you can’t mess that up.

That being said, there are consequences to sin. If you deliberately disobey God and disregard what He says in Scripture, you won’t experience the blessings of obedience. Your relationship with the Lord will be hurt and you’ll have less intimacy with Him.

The best course of action is always to obey God to the fullest.

God Has A Good Plan For You!

The bottom line is that God has a good and wonderful plan for you. If you have believed in Christ, then God is your loving Father, and He delights to do good to you. Just as a loving human father wants to bless his children, so your loving Heavenly Father wants to bless you.

Draw near to God and ask Him to guide you in His will. Ask Him to make His plan clear to you and to help you make choices that honor Him. If you’re going through a rough patch, ask Him to bring you to still waters and green pastures.

In Luke 11:9-10, Jesus said,

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

You can be confident that God will hear and answer your prayers. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking.

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