God has a plan and a path
predestined for you to walk in.
When you were a child, your parents may have asked what you wanted to be when you grew up. I remember my son announcing to me that he wanted to be a G-man … no, not a government man. He wanted to be a Garbage man.
In similar manner, you may have pondered what you would like to be when you grew up in God. Perhaps the desired ‘occupation’ led you to take classes, go to school, or even pursue a position in that particular area.
It becomes a little trickier when the desires were for a healing ministry, a great preaching, evangelistic ministry or the like. At the least, you could begin by earnestly praying.
No matter what the desire, you began a journey on a path. You probably thought you knew where the path would lead, or at least hoped it would.
A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.i
For some, the spark of youth is still full of expectation of arriving at the goal. Alas, for others it has been a long time and a long journey.
That is not to say it has been unfruitful. Some have arrived at the desire they pursued as it was God’s plan and path for them. Others have seen their lives turn out much differently than they at first thought or hoped.
The latter is not a bad thing. With the years, and perhaps a little greying of the hair, God has wrought in you wisdom and other rich fruit as you have persevered.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planed beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them.ii
For the young in the journey or those well along on the path, it is good to take time to reflect.
- Can you see how God directed your path, perhaps much differently than your mind planned?
- Do you recognize the paths He caused you to walk, the good works He brought about by His ordering?
Let us not forget that the path does not end until we take the final step, and that step is into eternity.
There is no retirement from God’s predestined work for us. You may retire from man’s ministry, but not from God’s paths and purposes.
Continue to keep a watchful eye on the path. God has unique ways of giving direction and keeping you on course.
Sometimes He bumps you onto a new path or He causes you to take a turn you did not expect. He may allow others to turn on or from you, using these things as well. These bumps and possibly bruises keep you moving.
Perhaps this is just what it will take to build that stubborn determination in the little nut!
No matter, what is important is that as you continue to seek God’s will, He will keep you on His perfect path. He will bring His plans, predestined for you, to perfect completion. Hold to the path, planted in God, His ability, and His desire for you.
Behave like that little nut that held its ground and grow
into a mighty oak of righteousness.iii
[ii] Eph 2:10 Amp
[iii] Isa 61:3