“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3)
Believe it or not, everyone that does not have or live within a crafted plan, or follow the already established divine plans of the Lord, is bound to be a failure. Though the visible is glittering…the outcome will always end in shambles. A life without a plan includes decisions that are rash, premature, emotional and not concrete. In the end, nothing tangible will come of it. Again, for every believer, having a plan is advised, and if presented to God, it will prosper.
Planning is a very crucial virtue. As people made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), it is a rule to live a life guided by a plan, God’s plan. The scripture reminds us that God has a plan for us, a plan of good, to prosper us and that of a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). In God’s plan, He promised that we will not be harmed. Again, giving us a Savior testified to this divine promise of God’s fulfillment for all mankind. What a loving God we have!
As we always say in our Church, “Christ(less) = CRISES.” God wants us to present our plans to Him that are within His will for approval, and at the same time, live a life according to His plans. For example, going to Hell is not God’s will for anyone, but whoever rejects His Son, Jesus Christ is already heading that way. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”(John 3:18 KJV) Remember that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. (John 1:1,14) To live a purposeful life, He must be the center of us, then His Spirit (Holy Ghost) will teach us all things. (John 14:26)
Everything we need is in the word. Joshua commanded the people of God to embrace the word of God “IF” they want to be blessed. He said, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 KJV) Both prosperity and good success is a gift of God to those that exalt His plans. Do you uphold God’s plan or better yet, do your plans agree with God’s will?
Every plan not followed as planned will fail. For example, when an architect designs a building, the plan is given to the building engineer who now instructs and supervise the builders. Among this team are people of every level; educated and stack illiterates who by trade acquired skills and experience in their Jobs. In the end, a solid, beautiful home is built. If along the line any of the designed plan is omitted, though not noticed at the foundational level, it will definitely show at the completed level.
I said this to remind us that ignoring any of the steps in God’s plan will always result in a crises that we are not equipped to handle. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6 NKJV)
Remember that God is the Creator and partnering with Him without doubt brings fruitfulness and peace with joy eternally. He said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV) “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7 KJV)
Did you ask without receiving? Abide in God’s word, and it shall be well with you. God bless you.
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.