Pastor Andrew Vickery
Do You Follow God's Plan?
As we enter the season of Lent this month, we enter a season of fasting, self-reflection, and renewal. Whatever you may choose to fast from, use this season to do some reflecting, to renew your view of God, and to discern what His plan is for your life.
I am reminded of a message that Pastor Steve preached in our first sermon series of the year: “Best Steps for a Great Year.” In this particular sermon, Pastor Steve spoke about how when Plan A doesn’t work out, we resort to Plan B, or even Plan C or Plan D. Then he joked (for some of us, it might not be a joke) that some of us have moved on to Plan T or Plan U. That got me thinking: When Pastor Steve said “Plan U,” I heard “Plan You.” All too often, we try so hard to make “Plan You” work. We want everything to work out the way we want it to work out. We need to be reminded that God had a Plan A before Plan A was even a thing, and He doesn’t need a Plan B.
“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.”
Many terrible things may happen in this world, but God uses those for good. Sometimes we think things or say things like, “It’s all a part of God’s plan.” But my response to that is: “REALLY?!” God planned for your mom to get cancer? God planned for you to lose a child? God planned for your spouse to cheat on you? God planned for millions of young girls to be sold as sex slaves? I’m not buying it. If we are to agree that God is all-powerful and all-knowing, He is not only ALLOWING those things to happen, but perhaps He is even CAUSING them to happen. That’s not the God that I know.
The fact is that God gave us free will. We have the ability to CHOOSE sin, and we do so quite regularly. When something terrible happens, it is not necessarily part of God’s plan. God does not plan evil. But in the words of Joseph whose brothers beat him up and sold him into slavery because they were jealous, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” Sometimes, while we may not be planning evil, we are plotting against God without even realizing it. We try so hard to get “Plan You” to work. But “Plan You” isn’t God’s plan. He knows the plans He has for you. Plans for good! With a future and a hope! When we try to force our own plans, we plot a course of harm for ourselves, but God uses it all for good.
That’s the power of the Almighty. He uses even that which is evil for good. He heals. He renews. He restores. As you reflect this Lenten season, be reminded that if you will follow God’s plan for your life, you will have a future and a hope!