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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Smith

Grand Plans

I tend to spend a lot of time dreaming of and praying for Gods GRAND plans for me, all while missing everything He calls us to do while we wait. I focus a lot of time and energy on asking Him daily to show me His will, saying “Here I am Lord, send me!” yet recently it’s dawned on me that I’m missing something very important.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. Luke 16:10

Have I yet to be faithful in the daily requests He has for me? If I am not obeying His wishes in the seemingly smaller things, why would He entrust me with Grander plans? Instead of just sitting and waiting for a clue, a voice, a scripture...something to tell me what my next step should be towards these grand plans, I am ignoring the many many clear instructions of what I should be doing on a daily basis.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27

I don’t have to fly to Africa or India or across the world to find a widow or orphan in need. I must figure out a way to incorporate caring for someone in need during my regular everyday life.

Another thing I must consider, is what am I doing to keep myself from being corrupted by the world? What extra steps of self-sacrifice am I making to ensure I am not allowing impure things into my mind and heart? What am I doing to make sure my heart is pure in a way I can genuinely offer love, patience and grace to others. To be a true living example of who Jesus Christ is, displaying the kind of love our Creator and Father has for us.

We must not forget an important ingredient in all we do to fulfill Gods Will for our lives and to equip us to do both the daily mundane tasks and the grander plans. That ingredient is to “know” Christ more and more each day. To truly know Him in the most intimate of ways. This actually trumps everything else we can do, because the more we truly know Christ and who He is, the more we are changed and motivated, from within, to do His will on a daily basis.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead” Philippians 3:8-11

As I was studying this topic and looking up scriptures, I came across an interesting article on this subject. Here is an excerpt from that article along with the link to full article below:

“Knowing God’s will is sometimes difficult because it requires patience. It’s natural to want to know all of God’s will at once, but that’s not how He usually works. He reveals to us a step at a time—each move a step of faith—and allows us to continue to trust Him. The important thing is that, as we wait for further direction, we are busy doing the good that we know to do (James 4:17).

Often, we want God to give us specifics—where to work, where to live, whom to marry, what car to buy, etc. God allows us to make choices, and, if we are yielded to Him, He has ways of preventing wrong choices (see Acts 16:6–7).

The better we get to know a person, the more acquainted we become with his or her desires. For example, a child may look across a busy street at the ball that bounced away, but he doesn’t run after it, because he knows “my dad wouldn’t want me to do that.” He doesn’t have to ask his father for advice on every particular situation; he knows what his father would say because he knows his father. The same is true in our relationship to God. As we walk with the Lord, obeying His Word and relying on His Spirit, we find that we are given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We know Him, and that helps us to know His will. We find God’s guidance readily available. “The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, / but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness” (Proverbs 11:5).

If we are walking closely with the Lord and truly desiring His will for our lives, God will place His desires in our hearts. The key is wanting God’s will, not our own. “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).”

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