Man proposes and does things according to his plan. But God disposes some of the plans that humans are determined to carry out. Is it because God is always against our plans? Or should we not plan anything in advance because it is God who executes it?
Does God support our plans?
We are destined to live on this earth and make this earth pleasant to live. We make plans to make this earth a paradise, by executing the plans.
Of course, we have a good will in doing things. We wish for the welfare of others by executing those plans. We do not develop any ill will towards anyone in executing the plans. Then why do some of our plans end in failure?
Some things do not work out the way we plan
We plan well certain activities expecting some good results. We pray well over the plan and seek the blessings of God to fulfill the plan. We decide about the plan, believing that doing it is the will of God. We do things only to praise the glory of God. We wait for the results with cent percent belief in God. But we are surprised when things turn out different from our expectations and yield negative results. Does it discourage us or even make us doubt if we are going against the will of God?
God takes matters out of our hands!
There are times when God takes matters out of our hands. One can find a lot of incidents in which God acts against the plans of humans. Here is an example from the Gospel. In the acts of the Apostles, we read Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached repentance to the Jews and found a good result by his preaching. He did not want to go to the Gentiles and had no plans to reach them. But he had to meet gentile Cornelius and through him happened to preach to the Gentiles. The Holy Spirit acted through his inspirations. Peter accepted the will of God. He obliged to the plans of God. The Holy Spirit was acting through the disciples.
Our ways are not God’s ways
Sometimes when things go out of our way we are discouraged and lose faith in God. But God has plans for our good. God says in the book of Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29: 11) God is always for us. He never wants our negative ends!
God supports our plans! Let us hope!