Surprised by God by Dennis Garcia

I heard recently that we often miss God’s will for our lives because it doesn’t look like our plan for our lives. The more I thought about this statement the more I believe it is true. Many times, when we are presented with options in life, we usually measure them by how they advance or distract from our life goals. If the option before us moves us towards our goals, then we consider it. If it will be a distraction from our plans, we put it in the “no” category.

However, when we examine scripture, we rarely, if ever, see God’s plans align with man’s plans. For example, take Noah. He was an old man (over 500 years old) who was raising a young family. Then out of nowhere God approached him, told him to build an ark, and restart humanity. Abraham was 75 years old when God told him to pack up everything he owned and move without any idea of where he was going. Moses was herding sheep when he met God in a burning bush. God had picked Moses to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promise Land. Mary, a young lady engaged to be married, was approached by an angel and invited to join God in bringing salvation to the world by giving birth to Jesus, the Son of God. The disciples left their families and careers to follow Jesus and led by the Holy Spirit ended up changing the world. Saul was a rising star in the Jewish religious ranks when Jesus surprised him on the Road to Damascus and called him to another purpose.

Not every opportunity that comes our way is a God thing. However, rarely does God do things the way we expect Him to. Following Jesus and being Spirit-Led, means being open to God interrupting our plan to lead us to His plan. His perfect plan.

James writes, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)

God has a plan for each and every one of us. His plan is for our good and His glory. Often, His plan requires that we lay down our own plan and trust Him. Where is God leading you today?

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