(Proverbs 16:9- We should make plans—counting on God to direct us.)
Before I got saved I never understood why people said God Willing. I always wondered why they didn’t just say yes, no or maybe. Then I came across this passage in James: (James 4:13-16- Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.” How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog—now you see it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.)
Without God we wouldn’t even be alive, He is the one that gives us breath every second of every day. Our life is but a vapor, we can be here today and gone tomorrow. (Proverbs 16:1- We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.) We need to include God in our plans because without Him we’ll be lost. He is an all knowing God and He knows our future better than we do. Let’s allow God to lead our lives so that our steps will be aligned to His will. Direct my footsteps according to your word. (Psalm 119:133)
It’s good to go to God with our requests, that’s what He wants us to do, but we need to pray for His will to be done. It’s important to realize that what we want isn’t always what we need. Sometimes we ask God for stuff that He doesn’t want us to have and we need to be content with His “no”, it’s for our protection. Sometimes your plans don’t work out because God has better ones. God’s Will has never failed anyone and it never will. God knows what’s best for me and I’ll choose His will over mine any day. Even Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. When He was praying before being seized by the High Priest’s servants, He was in so much agony about what was to come that He was sweating blood. Even though Jesus knew what was about to happen He still prayed for God’s will to be done. (Luke 22:42-“Father, if you are willing, please take away this cup of horror from me. But I want your will, not mine.”) What Jesus did shows that sometimes what God wants us to do won’t always to be easy, but His will always brings Him the glory and works out for our good.