Always follow God's plan

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

Control is a major issue that keeps us from getting closer to God. You see, my friends, we say that God is in control, but only in the things we want Him to be.

To be honest, in most cases, we want to control every aspect of our lives rather than rely on Jesus. And when we do, we find ourselves disappointed, frustrated, discouraged and wondering why things didn't turn out the way we planned.

Either Jesus is the head of our life or He is not. And if He is not, then let us stop asking Him why our plans failed when we failed to include Him in our plans.

It is time we follow His plan.

Throughout the Bible, we can see that God has a plan and everyone who was successful was successful according to God's plan. For example: Moses' plan was to live out his life on the back side of the mountain tending sheep for his father-in-law. However, God came along and spoke to Moses through a burning bush and all of Moses' plans were changed.

Why? Because Moses was obedient and humble enough to realize the better plan and because Moses followed God's plan, God's people were set free from the bondage of Pharaoh. Of course, we know the personal challenges Moses went through as well as the challenges he went through with God's people.

In fact, there were times when it appeared that Moses wanted to just go back to tending sheep. However, Moses realized that if his life was going to have any meaning, it would be necessary for him to follow God's plan and not his own.

As hard as it is for us to accept it at times, God wants us to follow His plan and His way so that we can fulfill His purpose. And the only way we can do that is to realize it is not about the pleasure, satisfaction and joy we bring to ourselves, but the glory we bring to the Lord.

That's right, my friends. God wants to get some glory out of our lives, and when we are not living our lives according to His plan, we may be pleased, but He is not.

Now, I know some of us may be thinking does this mean that we should be living a life where having a good time is out of the question? Certainly not. God wants us to enjoy ourselves, have some fun and relax from time to time.

However, God never wants us to get so caught up in relaxing and having fun that our love and focus toward Him is ignored or forgotten.

What are you saying, Brother Jones? I am saying that we should never do something or go any place where we cannot take God with us. In other words, there should never be a time where we say to God, “wait outside, I'll be right back.”

When I was in the Navy, there would be a daily announcement posted around called the “Plan of the Day.” It would give you a weather forecast, information on sunrise and sunset, and let you know the events planned for the next day. Therefore, I would always know what events were mandatory, as well as which events were available for me to participate. It was a very good tool developed by the administration and signed off by the commander.

What plans does our administrator — whose name is Jesus — have for us today? Even more important — do we plan on following His plan?

Pastor Ron Jones is pastor of New And Living Way Outreach Ministries at 1145 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

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