Holy Spirit has had me on the subject of life’s changes and how we handle change for a while.
As you may or may not know, my husband and I have went through so much change since we have been married. Most recently, his contract ended for being active duty military and he is now pursuing National Guard. In the upcoming months to this, the Lord directed me to give my two week notice and pursue writing full time. (Have you noticed more content? This is why!) All of this was SOOOO uncomfortable and we are still following Jesus’ leading through this process. We do not have it all figured out.
But, we do know the one who does.
There are quite a few verses I am personally holding onto throughout all of this change that Holy Spirit has brought to my attention:
- Go ahead and make all the plans you want, but it’s the Lord who will ultimately direct your steps. –Proverbs 16:1 TPT
- Before you do anything,
put your trust totally in God and not in yourself.
Then every plan you make will succeed. –Proverbs 16:3 TPT
- We may toss the coin and roll the dice,
but God’s will is greater than luck. –Proverbs 16:33 TPT
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
- For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. –Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
While we are in the waiting for the promises to come to pass, we often are tempted to look at what is front of us, rather than looking to the one who promised. When we do this, the enemy can come in easily to distract us and tempt us into following what seems like good, but is really just a replica for what God has for us. Or he can come in and plant seeds of doubt if we are not being careful to take EVERY THOUGHT captive. He is called the father of all lies for a reason. However, when we focus on Jesus our promise keeper, the way maker, we can dwell in his peace, and know that what he has promised is GOING to come to pass. If the promise depended on us, we would be in trouble. We all miss the mark. But HIS faithfulness does not depend on us. He is FAITHFUL because that is WHO he is, FAITHFUL AND TRUE.
While it is of great importance to be obedient, understand that even if we miss the mark, there is an abundance of grace and mercy. God knew that sometimes we were going to stumble and this is why he gave us the greatest gift of all, Jesus. I also love these awesome promises in Psalm 37.
“If they stumble badly they will still survive,
for the Lord lifts them up with his hands.
I was once young, but now I’m old.
Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him,
nor have any of their children gone hungry.
Instead, I’ve found the godly ones
to be the generous ones who give freely to others.
Their children are blessed and become a blessing.” –Psalm 37:24-26 TPT
When we put trust in our own plan and work in our own strength, we are sure to become weary. Our thoughts become anxious and we can even try to do rather than just trust. There are many things that have happened or are going to happen in the future that God’s only command to us (more of a question) is,“Do you TRUST me?”. In the midst of change it is of GREAT importance that we focus on the only one who is STEADFAST.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” –Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
When we look to Jesus and lay our plans in his hands, we know that he is willing to exchange our flawed plan for HIS PERFECT WILL and we also know that EVERYTHING is working out for the good. When we trust who he is, and lean not on what we can see, he will direct our steps. When he directs our steps because our trust is in him rather than ourselves, we know the plan must succeed. These are all promises from him to us and he is not a man that he can lie.
I am not sure where you are, but Abba does. Today he is asking you not to try to figure everything out, but to trust him.
Seek him and you will surely find.
Know there is plenty of grace and mercy for the both of us.
Do not waver in unbelief, but PRAISE HIM in advance for what is going coming to pass and THANK HIM for what he has already done.
Praise him for WHO he IS!
He is faithful and his plans are so much greater than you and I can ever imagine.