When God Has Other Plans

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Sometimes there are things that we really want to do; things that we really believe that we should do.  Things that may even be good things.  Noble things.  Even important things.  But they aren’t what God wants us to do.

Sometimes there are things that we really want to do; things that we really believe that we should do.  Things that may even be good things.  Noble things.  Even important things.  But they aren’t what God wants us to do.

And that can be frustrating for us.  That can make us even doubt sometimes.  Come on, this is a good thing; an important thing.  Why can’t I do it?

Listen to what happens today in Luke 8: 38-39:

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

fai-13-gods-perfect-planJesus healed this man, brought him back to life.  Brought him back to wholeness and completeness.  And all he wanted to do was follow Jesus.

Wow, what a great story!  Now this man who Jesus healed will follow Him and become a disciple.  Wow, that’s awesome!

But that’s not what happens.  He goes to Jesus and wants to go with Him.  And Jesus says no.  He had other plans.  Instead of following along with Jesus, the man was to go to his own hometown, and tell everyone what had happened.

Jesus had other plans.  It wasn’t that the man’s plans were bad or wrong.  But Jesus had other plans.

What do we do when God has other plans?

We trust.  We know that God’s plans for our lives are better than our dreams for our lives.  If God says no to something that we want to do; even a good thing, it’s because He has something better in mind.  When we don’t understand, we trust.

We obey.  We don’t obey God because of what we get out of it, we obey because of what He’s done for us.  Here’s the thing, when we obey, God does amazing things through us, even if we don’t understand why or how or what.  It’s not for us to always understand, it’s for us to always trust and obey.

We are thankful.  Because here’s the thing.  God has a plan for you.  The almighty God of the universe has a plan for you.  Look what happened in this text.  This entire city heard the good news of Jesus because of this man.  Wow!

Why God’s plan for you may not be your plan for you, know this.  God has a plan for you!

Wow.

Today, may we follow in that plan.

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