Aligning Your Dreams and Plans with The Will of God
Understanding God’s Will
The will of God is always at work whether we realize it or not. We’re here for a unique purpose and that is to contribute to the good of His kingdom. Consequently, our days are not for us to plan, they’re for us to carry out God’s will. The best thing we can do on a regular basis is to ask Jesus what He wants to do in us and through us. If we can do this, we are on the right track in aligning our plans with His will.
Not only is the will of God always at work, but it also reigns supreme over all else. In addition, the will of God is three-fold, as it includes His sovereign will, moral will and permissive will as well. This article takes a primary focus on His sovereign will, which implies that God determines and controls all that takes place within His creation. God’s moral and permissive will are briefly described below.
The moral will of God speaks to basic tenants of understanding right from wrong which is well defined throughout the word of God. His permissive will is a bit harder to understand. At a basic level, because we live in a fallen world God permits things to occur that He would not normally allow. However, with all things, He works them for the good of God’s kingdom. For an in-depth review of God’s sovereign, moral and permissive will, check out this excellent article.
How To Align Your Plans With the Will of God
While it’s not wrong to look ahead and make plans, we must first focus on aligning them with God’s will. God’s word tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord”. The Lord’s prayer says; Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). These verses make it clear that God has a unique plan for us and intended to help God’s kingdom prosper here on earth.
As said previously, it’s not wrong to make plans. The problems arise when we take matters into our own hands by trying to control the outcome. So, how to make sure that our plans align with God’s will? As with everything we could possibly ask for, it always starts with prayer.
Staying in communion with Jesus opens the way for God’s will be shown to us through prayer. All that remains, is for us to succumb to His will. If we do, we give control to Jesus and the good of God’s kingdom advances – i.e. Good Job!. If we choose not to follow His will, then we’ve chosen to take control – i.e. Not Such a Good Job!
The Dilemma of Our Own Free Will
In conclusion, the will of God will always be done because he controls all that He’s created. However, God gave us free will, leaving us in charge to decide whether we partner with God or not. I know from experience that when I choose to go it alone, negative results far outnumber positive ones. I’ve also found that when I try to control things on my own, tension and turmoil follows. As I grow older, I’m learning that when I align my plans and dreams with His will, inner peace abounds.
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