When you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you will never get there. Drifting along life’s currents and allowing the winds of circumstances to dictate your life gives you very little chance of doing anything significant in life. This is true for all of life as well as it is in marriage.
If you want to build a great marriage, you have to be intentional. If you want to restore a marriage that is broken, you have to do your part with purpose. If you want the dreams you have for your future to come true, you have to put deliberate actions in place to make things happen.
Now I know ultimately our future is in God’s hands and we have to trust the unknown to what His plan is for our lives. And I know that no matter how hard we try to do something, if it is not God’s will it is not going to happen. But the word also tells us that faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26) So it takes both, faith in what God wants to do in our lives and our own actions that corresponds with what we are believing for.
Applying intentional actions to what you are believing for doesn’t guarantee you get the future you are hoping for. There are other factors involved that can affect the outcome of your plans. First, you don’t know what you don’t know. So there are always some all details of God’s plan for your future that will remain unknown. Secondly, the other people in your plans for your future have a say in the matter. They have a free will that even God will not take away from them.
But being intentional about your future is still important because it does put you in line with what you are believing for. And if you are lining yourself up with the right actions that correspond with God’s will for your life, then you still have a good chance of influencing the other people in your life that should be a part of your future.
4 Things to keep in mind when planning for your future
1) Don’t be the victim of negative circumstances. You have a part in this and you have to put your best foot forward to give yourself the best opportunity for a successful future you can possibly have. Don’t let circumstances or any other person prevent you from giving your dreams the best you can give, even if it looks like the odds are stacked against you.
2) For dreams to become reality you must have actions steps to get you from point A to point B and beyond. Dreams of a better future become real when strategic plans are put into place and followed through with obedience to God’s leading.
3) Trust the Lord and be flexible enough to move in any direction the Lord leads you. And if other people do not cooperate with what you’re trying to accomplish, always trust the Lord for His ability to use any circumstance to work out in your favor as long as your heart stays true to Him.
4) Even God’s will is limited by the choices we make. I know this goes against a lot of people’s thinking. After all, who are we to stop God’s will? And this is true, we are mere humans and if God wants to do something there is no way we can stop Him. But God has purposely created it this way for reasons that go way beyond our comprehension.
Note: Here is some brief explanation for why we believe there are things that can happen that is not according to God’s will.
The word teaches us that it is God’s will that all men be saved,
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But are all men being saved according to His will?
And again the word says it was God’s will to establish King Saul’s Kingdom forever before King David ever came into the picture.
1 Samuel 13:13 ….. Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Question: What are you planning for your future? Is there something we can help pray for? Let us know in the comments.
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