Have you ever wondered, “What is God’s plan for me?” Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life? Am I in the place God wants me? Do you believe that God has a specific plan for your life? The answer is yes, God has a plan for your life.
God is calling us as sons and daughters to an intimate relationship with Him. That’s the plan God has for our lives. An in-to-me-see relationship.
Everything Jesus did illustrates how to draw from intimacy with the Father’s heart. As offspring, we too, are called to experience this intimate fellowship with God-in-Christ (anointing presence). God desires this marvelous relational reality with each of us today. As a presence among us, He enables us to do so.
God gives each of us special gifts and talents that thrust us towards specified directions in life. These gifts, combined with our individual personalities, our heart’s desires, and our individual experiences, make us uniquely suited for the purpose and plan God created us to fulfill.
As a Christian of course you want to make decisions according to God’s Word. But what happens when you just do not know which way God wants you to go?
Everything you go through in life, all your trials, tribulations, and sorrows, God knew what would happen, and He knew the outcome of it. God had it already planned out before it began.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16) I find great comfort and security in knowing that God has my life planned out exactly how he wants it.
God has a plan for your life, and that plan is to prosper and grow spiritually in Christ in the very situation you are in right now. It can be difficult to see God’s plan for your life and know which road to take.
You pray and ask God for help but there are often no visions or strong feelings leading you one way or another. It can seem like God is not answering you at all.
God is a God of Planning! God has planned your life long before you where born. Long before your dad met your mom. Your life was planned out every step by God.
According to Ephesians 1:11, “God works all things after the counsel of his will.” This means that your life, all of it, has been worked out according to the counsel of God’s will.
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How Do I Know What God’s Plan is for My Life?
This is a question many Christians ask themselves from time to time. Why am I here? What is my purpose? And does the Bible have any of these answers?
We have to believe that God knows what best for our lives, while we go through the preparation process.
There’s no doubt about it – God has a plan for your life. Even if you have been a Christian for a long time, God is so much better at orchestrating our lives than we are.
God has a unique design for each of our lives. And because He is a God of variety, our time of preparation and our season of growth will be unlike that of anyone else. God knows what He wants for us is in control of our plans.
God know so much about your life, for example, things that happened in your life may have been a surprise to you but were not at all to God.
He knows what path you and I will take. He knew exactly what trials and tribulations you were going to face. He knew what happy and joyous things were going to happen. God had it already planned out before it began.
No one else has the plan or can carry out the plan because He created it just for you. It’s your responsibility to seek the Lord and unlock the plan that God has for your life.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
There are so many times when we wrestle with knowing God’s plan for our lives. I want more than anything to follow His plan. It is a lifelong pursuit in order to stay in the exact center of His plan and to trust in it!
Here are some vital keys to knowing God’s plan for your life. Here they are:
Spend Time in Prayer
A way to know that you are following God’s plan for your life is by being in prayer. Take time each day to devote yourself to the Lord and the plans He has for your life. If you are giving each area of your life to God, then He will bless it and be able to work through it abundantly.
Meditate on God’s Word.
Through Scripture, we receive an outpouring of His love and precious truths on which to build our lives. Taking just a few minutes each day to read what’s in the Word will give you a better understanding of the calling God has put on your life, and it will allow you to better live out the life He desires for you.
Walk in Love
When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus said it was to love God and love your neighbor. The two cannot be untied. (Matthew 22:37-40) You cannot love God and hate those around you.
God’s purpose for you is to not keep your faith to yourself, but to take it to those around you. You are in a unique spot to make an impact on someone in a way that no one else can. You are His hands and feet and are charged with taking the good news with you everywhere you go.
So, go. Live in the purpose that God has for you. Walk with God. Die to your desires. Live in community. And always love those around you. When you know that God has a plan for your life, you will walk in love with everyone.
The best life, the most fulfilling life, is found when we live in God’s plan for your life.
Surrender your plans to God’s.
Many times, when we say we are seeking God’s plans, are you really seeking His will for your life, or your own plans. God is wanted for you to surrender to His plans.
Before God will begin to reveal His plans to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.
Romans 12:1-2 – 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Be Led by the Holy Spirit
But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. John 14:26 (Amplified Bible)
Now that we know that the Holy Spirit will lead us in this life because the Bible now tells us that the Holy Spirit is here to help us.
Trusting God’s Plan for My Life
Whom do you trust? Is there a person in your life with whom you would trust your very life, if necessary? A spouse…a parent…a sibling…a friend? Think about that person. And then realize that God loves you infinitely more than that person with whom you would trust your life!
We can trust someone who loves us perfectly…perfect love drives out all fear” 1 John 4:18.
“Then trust the Lord completely, don’t even trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:5 (LB)
Proverbs 3:5-6 – 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
What path does God has for you to take. Are you ready to trust and follow God’s plan. It is easy to trust God when things are going well, what about when hard times comes.
It is important for you to trust God in good times and times of uncertainty… God can be trusted. The more you trust God, the closer He will draw to you.
When you step out on your own, trusting your own plans, so many times you encountered thing unexpected that seemingly tossed you off course.
Have you found it hard to trust God’s plan? Do you find yourself questioning God? What if I told you that God welcomes your questions.
Many times, we don’t know the why, but we must keep our eyes forward as we take the next step of faith. If we dwell on the past, we risk missing out on God’s blessings ahead.
What Does the Bible Say About God’s Plan for My Life?
Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God’s plan is for us.
- God knew you before you were born. (Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13)
- God’s plan is that every person would come to know Him and walk with Him. (2 Peter 3:9, Galatians 5:16)
- God’s plan is for you to do good works with the gifts He is given you. (Ephesians 2:10)
- God’s plan is that you would spread the good news. (Matthew 28:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:20)
- God’s plan is you would be conformed to His image and likeness. (Romans 8:29)
Does God Have a Specific Plan for My Life?
Yes, God has a plan for your life and mine. Everything you need to succeed in life has been ordained in God’s plan. He also slowly unfolds the more specific plans He has for your life through life experiences.
Let’s start with what we know He wants for every person and move toward the specific with examples from Scripture. God gives many instructions on His expectations for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ and are given new life in Christ and the seal of the Holy Spirit. God does have a plan for us. The Bible says:
And He made known to us the mystery of His will . . . according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will (Ephesians 1:9.11).
What the Bible Says About Trusting God’s Plan
There are hundreds of Bible verses to encourage you to trust in God’s plan. Here are a few to help you get started. Print them out or write them down on a sticky note or index card. Carry them with you, put them on your bathroom mirror, or someplace where you will see them often.
Use these Bible verses to build your faith and trust in God’s plan for your life.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6
- The Lord is close to everyone who calls out to him, to all who call out to him sincerely. — Psalm 145:18
- I am with you now, I will protect you everywhere you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done everything that I have promised you. — Genesis 28:15
- I have commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9
- Commit your way to the Lord! Trust him! He will act. — Psalm 37:5
- Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who rely on the Lord. — Jeremiah 17:7
- Throw all your anxiety onto him because he cares about you. — 1 Peter 5:7
- Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? – Matthew 6:25
- We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28
- This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. — 1 John 5:14
- Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is a rock for all ages. — Isaiah 26:4
- Those who know your name trust you because you have not abandoned any who seek you, Lord. — Psalm 9:10
- Whenever I’m afraid, I put my trust in you — in God, whose word I praise. I trust in God; I won’t be afraid. What can mere flesh do to me? — Psalm 56:3-4
- My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:19
How to Know God’s Plan for Your Life
The Old Testament teaches about the nature of God. It is the inspired record of God working out his eternal plan for us. From the Old Testament we learn about God’s long-suffering, loving, merciful nature. We see the beginning of his plan for our redemption.
God revealed to us in the Old Testament is the same God further revealed in the New Testament. Through Christ, we can see the promises of God more clearly than those who “welcomed them from a distance” (Heb. 11:13).
Furthermore, in this era of God’s history, the Holy Spirit dwells in all who belong to his Son (Rom. 8:9). However, God is still the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We need to remember this truth as we study the women of the Bible.
Learning to trust God’s plan takes consistent practice. Spending time praying and asking God to guide and lead you in your decisions and plans is the first step in trusting God.
The Bible is filled with stories about trusting in God and how different people trusted God’s plan. Spending time reading about stories where other people trusted in God’s plan and saw Him take care of them, can strengthen your trust in Him. These Bible stories about trusting God can also encourage you when you are in a similar situation.
Here are a few men and women in the Bible who trust God that can help you trust God’s plan.
When God spoke to Mary through the angel Gabriel, she was a virgin, unmarried and afraid. Although Mary was afraid and faced uncertainty, she trusted God’s plan for her life and followed with faith, hope and trust. You may or may not understand where God is taking you in this season of life, just trust that He know how to take care of what belongs to Him. (Read Luke 1:26-38)
In the face of adversity, and uncertainty, Queen Esther demonstrated great courage. Esther was courageous when she spoke to King Xerxes of Persia asking him to spare the life of the Jews.
She knew that her speaking up would have consequences, but she spoke up anyway. Esther wanted to defend her people and follow God’s plan. she was willing to let go of her position to be led by God and follow out his calling.
Abraham trusted God and left everything for a new homeland. But his faith in God was far from perfect. He faltered and doubted along the way. Even though God is perfectly trustworthy, faith takes time to develop – as we continue to trust in him.
Genesis 15:6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Trusted God’s Word and His plan to send rain and prayed seven times waiting for God to send the rain. He had hidden in the wilderness for three years and been fed by ravens. Elijah knew that trusting God’s plan was the only thing keeping him going.
Joseph was sold as a slave, then promoted to a high position, and then falsely accused and thrown into prison. But he kept trusting God’s plan and ended up as the second in command over all of Egypt and was used by God to save the people from a famine.
Became the leader of the Children of Israel after Moses died. Joshua was reminded many times to be strong and courageous. Joshua trusted God in all circumstances because He had seen God’s plan in the past and knew that God had a plan for the future.
Ruth trusted God’s plan when she chose to follow her mother-in-law back to her home country. Ruth chose to trust God in all circumstances even after her father-in-law, brother-in-law, and husband died.
Here are fifteen Bible verses that prove that God has plans for your life. May they fill your mind with peace and your heart with comfort as you soak up the knowledge that God’s plans for your life are not for disaster, but for hope.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:8
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way. – Psalm 37:23
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:18
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:16
The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. – Isaiah 14:24
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. – Ephesians 1:4-5
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he falls, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24
Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. – Ephesians 1:9-10
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
If you’re in that place today, struggling to trust God’s direction, here is a prayer for you: a gentle prayer for those of us afraid to trust God. May we find strength and courage as we keep our eyes forward in faith!
The God who created you for Himself has never made any mistakes. There have been no failures or flaws in His plan for you. Yes, there are trials that you may have to endure. But the negative realities that you may be facing, or have faced, will work together for good if you love God, draw near to God … experience God. He promises.
God has a Plan for Me and You!
God’s purpose for you and me is to live a life of faith and to share it to those around you. The plan God has for my life and your life is to reach someone for Jesus. You are in a unique spot to make an impact on someone in a way that no one else can.
You are His hands and feet and are charged with taking the good news with you everywhere you go.
So, go. Live in the purpose that God has for you. Walk with God. And love and embrace those around you.
The best life, the most fulfilling life, is found when we live in God’s plan for our lives.
Father in the Name of Jesus,
How excellent is your Name in all the earth. You created everything in heaven and in the earth. When I look at the beauty of your creation, I’m in awe of your mighty and majestic ways.
When I see the work of your hand, I’m overwhelmed by your love for me.
Lord, I was in your plans from the beginning of time, and that you saved me for such a time as this. Lord, I believe that you hear my prayers; help me trust that your answer is best.
Please forgive me for trying to be in control and allow me to let go and surrender my life to you. Increase my ability to give you everything. Your ways are much higher than mine. Father, I love you and thank you for giving me your life. Thank you for planning my life.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
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