God’s Plan Is Always Better

Would you describe yourself as a careful planner? Or someone who has an eye for detail? Are you someone who has to always be in control? For me, I know I’m a very detailed person. It may be a blessing and a curse.

The other day, I was rearranging furniture because it was not set up right. I’d reposition it a little, step back, look at it, and reposition a little more. Took me about half an hour. The point is: I look at something and if it’s not precise, it’ll bother me until it’s right. In all honesty, though, our perception of what is OK is not on the scale of how God measures OK.

Have you ever tried planning something, and somewhere along the way, you messed it up? If you say, “That’s not me. I’m a great planner,” well, the truth is: you have messed up, and you are probably going to mess up again. That is what we call pride. We think we have something figured out, we do not want any help, and we say, “My way is the only way.” However, messing up is something that we do. We cannot escape it. But we can ask God to help us to not make the same mistakes again.

If something goes super well, it’s not because of anything you did; it’s because of how God ordained it all to happen. Pastor Greg says, “God doesn’t need you as a pilot or a copilot; He needs you to take a backseat.” God needs you to take a backseat so He can lead. He needs to lead because He is not only our Father, He is God—our Creator. He created us for a purpose, and He is going to lead us in that purpose.

Do you remember all of the times you were worried about a task He put on your heart, and you got through those tasks better than OK? Don’t you see? If He has a purpose for it, there is no reason to worry over it. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “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.'” What do we see happening when we let go of trying to be in control and we do what the Lord has asked us to do? We see that worry was and is an unnecessary means. You’re not alone; we all have a controlling nature. It’s the same today as it was over 2,000 years ago.

Remember Jonah? He wasn’t just being disobedient; he was refusing to do what God had asked him to do, out of stubbornness. He thought that his plan—Nineveh being wiped out—was better than God’s plan of restoration. Jonah 4:1–4 says,

“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” Now, did you notice something? What Jonah felt and said makes not just him, but also us, exactly the same as the city of Nineveh—sinners. That’s why God wanted Jonah to go there: so he could extend the opportunity to them that has been extended to us today! So, what’s that saying again? That’s right: “Sin is blinding, binding, and grinding.”

Ultimately, Jonah did as God asked him to do, and we see the blessing in return for the city of Nineveh. God’s plan is always better than our own. Was Jonah setting the greatest example? At first, no. But, when he was being obedient, yes.

Life is like a mirror: we spend so much time reflecting. But, what are we reflecting? It should be Jesus–always! Too often, though, it’s not Jesus that’s reflected in a person; it is one of our own selfish ambitions, shouting, “It’s not about what God wants; it’s about what I want.” This is why the Bible says, “Men will be lovers of themselves.” I wholeheartedly wish that mankind would be the embodiment of Romans 12:10–12. Unfortunately, the world is at war within their own hearts, and yet, brokenness can only be healed when we surrender the temporary desires of the flesh. So, we should constantly be checking ourselves, humbling ourselves, praying and loving as Christ loves us.

We were put on this earth to glorify God. We need revival. I’m asking the Lord to send it, and to send it to those I love, too. Will join with me in praying for revival? Because revival starts with us!

Jeremiah 29/Proverbs 19