• Jack Selcher

Why God Messes up Your Plans

Faith isn’t believing something we know isn’t true. It isn’t believing God will instantly deliver us from every briar patch, pothole, and COVID-19 difficulty when we cry out to Him in prayer. Believing something doesn’t make it true. If the object of our faith isn’t trustworthy, we’re headed for disappointment.

Biblical faith acts on God’s character and promises. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV). Jesus’ goal was to develop faith in His followers. After He had calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee, He asked his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40, NIV). How often does fear control us because we don’t trust the God who is in charge?

God is at work developing faith in us. It seems the farther along the path of faith I travel, the less likely God is to give me the instant answers to prayer of my early Christian experience. He is conforming us to the image of his Son—people with persevering faith despite circumstances that suggest faith is foolish. Mother Teresa, for most of her life, felt God was distant or even hiding from her, yet she persevered. When circumstances go south, God wants us to trust Him.

My daughter developed an autoimmune disease in 2002 when she was a high school senior and still has a constellation of ailments. She experiences pain constantly. This isn’t what we had planned for her at all, but God wants us to trust Him.

Your plans have often been messed up. When that happens, remember that the One in charge knows what He is doing. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:7-9, NIV). God specializes in making roses grow from manure piles. Instead of becoming bitter, let’s trust Him to work in our briar patch, pothole, and COVID-19 circumstances and thank Him for the unexpected blessings yet ahead. #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources

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