The plans I have for you

Humans are programmed to be planners. We can look twenty years into the future and act as if it were tomorrow. Even four-year olds can tell you what they “want to be” when they grow up: I wanted to be an astronaut/scientist. I remember when my nephew was younger he would look for and book airline tickets more than a year in advance, he would put the reservation on the fridge and talk about it almost daily: sitting at the dinner table and giving intricate details of what he would do and where he would go once on vacation. It’s safe to say that none of us ever plan for ill; none of us would normally spend our time fantasizing about how we are going to be miserable next week or next month or next year. As a general rule, humans plan and envision the future better than the present. It’s within our nature; God made us this way. 

In Genesis 1:26 we read “And God said let Us make man in Our image and likeness…”. Now, that doesn’t mean we look like God for God is Spirit but it does mean that we are like God. God made man “a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5) “and has crowned him with glory and honor”. The glory and honor is the fact that we are similar to Him: free will, full of passions and ambitions, imagination and reason, emotions and logic. So if we are made in God’s image, on the inside, and we as humans are planners by nature, how much more so does that make God a Planner? Therefore, when God says He has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), we should get excited for the future is bright! 

In Matthew 7, Jesus tells the people, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”. Jesus is telling us that we are God’s children! As Born-again, Spirit-filled, Bible-believing Christians, we need to begin living out this wonderful Truth: we are His children and He wants to give and do great things for us, but most importantly, He wants to do great things through us! Scripture teaches us that we ask and don’t receive because of our motives. God wants us to lay down our human dreams, desires and plans and ask Him for His plan for us! There’s no secret formula to it, no hidden agenda, no decoder ring needed. Simply “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven”. How you may ask? Through the yielded vessels of transformed Christian lives that have finally understood their purpose in life is not just minding their business but the Father’s business!

Author: Life More Abundant

Bondservant to Jesus, Married to Michele, Dad to Madelyn, Claudia, and Joseph and educator by trade. Antonio loves to read, write, and discuss all-things-apologetics. He has many passions in life including reaching, teaching, and keeping men for Jesus Christ. Waiting on God’s big reveal: Antonio knows He has something beautiful in mind.