When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21
I’ll come right out and say it, sisters: we constantly need a reminder of God's goodness and love. We fight the temptation that says the plans He has for us aren't good...that He wants us to just suffer and lose everything, to loom over us with a smirk as we struggle through life. While this is a pretty accurate description of an unjust and unloving taskmaster, this is not our good Father.
We indeed have many plans for our lives. Plans of a good career, a good marriage, healthy children, and of dying at a ripe, old age. But what if none of those things happen? God is the one who ordains our steps through life (Proverbs 16:9), and at times, it can be out of step of what we have planned. Does this make God cruel if He ordains for you to lose your job? Does it make God unkind if He doesn't allow marriage to be written into your story? What if He has called for you to live in a rocky marriage, with children who struggle with many health issues? Was that unwise of Him? May we never charge the Potter as forming us in the incorrect fashion (Romans 9:21).
Life can have so many turns and heartaches, and yes, those things come by the Creator's hand, but it is a loving hand whose plans are truly to grow us and mold us more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave us the right to be called sons and daughters in the first place (John 1:12). He promises to walk with us through whatever troubles come into our lives and never leave nor forsake us (Isaiah 43:2). Just because plans don't go our way doesn't mean that our good is cast aside. God loves us so dearly—the very thing He may allow to bring Him glory in our lives (no matter how painful it may be) is the best thing for us in light of eternity. Remember this truth, sisters. It'll bring peace to your heart in trials.
Lord, our sinful hearts want things our way and don't want to surrender to Your good and perfect plans. Please help us, by the power of Your Spirit, to overcome the temptation to distrust You or to be angry with You when You allow things in our lives for Your glory and our good - things we'd rather go without. You will walk with us through every trial and heartache. Help us to remember that You love us. In Christ's name, Amen.
Have you been in or are currently in a season where you're doubting God or not trusting Him because of what you're facing? What truths about God's sovereignty and character can you meditate on? Who can you reach out to for prayer and support?
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.