The second element of God’s formula for peace in our life is that God has a specific and personalized plan for us. It really strains the human mind to think that among the billions and billions of human beings that have been born and died in this world, God had and has a unique plan for each of us. We have little or no trouble with the idea that each of us is unique, wonderfully different from anyone else ever to walk the earth. With the progression of science we know that the smallest things, some even invisible to the naked eye, provide for us a unique identity; by example our finger prints are unique, as is our DNA. What does this tell us? That we are unique and special in God’s eyes and were created in His likeness. Some argue that this only proves that life itself is random and that we only exist by an accident of nature and have evolved in much the same way. The logic of this argument, however, does not explain away how and why the entire universe works together in harmony, from the smallest of atomic particle of matter to entire galaxies. Order does is not created out of chaos, a designer with a plan is required. It then should come as no surprise that God has customized plan for both you and I.
So, would it have been such a bad thing if we weren’t unique and all pretty much the same? Perhaps not, but what this says to me is that God cares for me individually and because of this fact, I have a unique purpose for my life and it is my responsibility to fulfill that purpose by following God’s plan. Some have argued that God’s plan doesn’t make us unique, in fact it makes us more like pre-programmed robots that god has powered up and let loose on the earth. Nothing could be further from the truth because we are all unique and have been provided with a free will, to reason and make decisions on our own with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Again, it all comes back to the truth that we were all created in God’s image and the decision that our creator wants us to make is to imitate Him and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
I run a small business, as does my wife Cindy, do think for a moment that if we didn’t have a purpose and a plan that we could be successful and be able to provide a sustainable income for ourselves as well as our employees? The business plan may change, as it surely does almost every year, but a plan is always in place to guide and direct our efforts, with the expressed purpose to provide and sustain both ourselves and our employees. Granted, Cindy’s business requires a different plan than mine simply because our businesses are not the same. Sure there are similarities, but our plans are unique to our business type and the unique people that we serve, our customers and employees. It should come as no surprise then that those who do not seek out God’s plan for their life are never at peace and in the end, never satisfied.
So how do we figure out what plan God has designed for our lives? It’s really not that complicated, the hard part is keeping to it and working it everyday. God’s plan can be found in His Word the bible. Reading, learning and following its instruction is a good place to start and if you don’t, I guarantee that success will always be just out your reach. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2Timothy 3:16).”
The second way of discovering God’s plan for your life is to simply ask Him! That’s right, simply ask Him after you give him praise and all the credit for what you are about to receive. Prayer is not simply a good idea, but is how we can keep in constant touch with the God, which will in turn motivate us to keep at it and will help us to keep to His plan. Sure, your input and methods are welcome as long as you stick to His plan and not get distracted by a world that wants nothing more than to see you fail. This is one reason why God has instructed us to “pray without ceasing…continually (1Thessalonians 5:17).” Does this mean you should be on your knees constantly, literally on our knees or prostrate before God? Of course not, it means that we are constantly aware of God’s presence knowing that He sees and hears even our most private and secret thoughts. It means that we acknowledge that our power to succeed comes from God and through God. This is what means to be indwelled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
The third way of seeking out God’s plan is to seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit. When Christ left this world he promised the disciples and us that he would not leave us alone, that the Holy Spirit would come upon us and guide us into all truth. This promise was made to us centuries before the coming of our Lord Jesus and can be found in the Prophesy of Joel and was repeated again by Peter when he addressed the crowd on the day of Pentecost. “God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:28-32, Act 2:16)” All people have the choice whether or not to follow God’s plan for their life and be saved. This is the key to unlocking the power that dwells within you and ultimately enjoying the peace of God that He desires all men to enjoy.
Tool #298 Your plan may not be the same as your spouse’s and that’s alright, because you are both working toward the same end, to glorify the name of Christ and serve Him daily by serving others. 1Peter 4:10-11