We live in uncertain times. We are uncertain about our finances, careers, and security. We have concerns about our children’s education, safety, and future. The media reminds us daily that things aren’t much better in other parts of the world.
Politicians and advertisers all want us to trust them. Yet, few of them have really delivered on their promises thus far. It’s easy to lose hope and become complacent. We quickly can become content to just let the clock run out on life. We live for immediate gratification because we doubt the future will be any brighter. Can you relate?
If that were the end of the story, there would be no reason to know your purpose in life—your why. We would all have to admit we doubt God has a plan or doubt that He really cares about what’s going on in our lives. But, when we read His Word, we quickly realize that’s not true. God created us with specific purposes in mind. In spite of the chaos around us, we can have meaningful lives now and security for eternity. As we discover our WHYs, we will unlock the secret to the lives God intended for each of us.
If God had a plan for Pharaoh, He certainly has a plan for those of us who know Him and are committed to living for Him. Through Moses, God said to Pharaoh, “For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:15-16, emphasis added).
We can pursue our own plans and hope God gives us a thumbs-up. Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t endorse that strategy. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” In other words, if you think your plan is going to work, knock yourself out. Eventually, you will discover that God’s plan always prevails.
Pharaoh had to learn that lesson the hard way. We should learn from his mistakes. Think about it!
Are you pursuing God’s plan for your life or hoping He’s OK with your plan?