Finding God's Plan In A Fog
Hebrews 13:20 - 21 (New International Version) 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
All true Christians desire to find and follow their Father’s will, and boldly seek to live out His commandments in every area of their lives. But how exactly do they find the will of God in a time with so much indecision, so much uncertainty, and so little clear direction? There are two definitions for the word ‘plan’ that greatly highlight the differences between our human use of the term versus God’s almighty understanding. The human version of a plan is usually defined by “an intention or decision about what one is going to do.” Human plans are good intentions made with a limited understanding of the world. In fact, humans can only plan for the immediate future, and can only anticipate setbacks or shortcomings rather than know about them outright. Because of this, the appearance of a sudden fog will instantly damage or even ruin our short-lived plans. In contrast, God’s plan is “a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.” It is perfect, unfailable, and made so far in advance that the earth had not yet been formed when each soul was scripted into it. No human scheming, personal failure, or mortal shortcoming will ever foil His perfect plan for your life. No matter what kind of fog we are experiencing, whether it’s earthly chaos or spiritual uncertainty, we will need to take action to continue our Spiritual journeys. In the end, we have only one of three paths to take. We can turn around and move backward. We know that the fog is just as thick behind us as it is in front of us, but we choose to move back to where it’s safe and ‘familiar.’ Even if we don’t know where we are going, we choose not to press on by ‘hiding’ in a place that is far behind where we are currently.
We can stop walking through the fog entirely. Instead of moving forward or looking for landmarks and friends who can help us see, we pause and wait for things to clear on their own. We may not know how long it will take, but our own fears and lack of self-assurance keep us from moving forward.
We can continue to walk through the fog in faith and confidence. We fully trust that the fog, however thick it may be, is a crossable barrier between ourselves and the Father. We stride forward in prayerful consideration and continue to make choices that bring us closer to Him every single day. Although it may be easier for us to return to a ‘familiar’ space, or stay rooted in place just waiting for a ‘divine sign’ to point us in the right direction, the best way to find the will of God in a fog is to simply keep moving. The Father’s plans were made and set in stone long before the heavy clouds ever descended on your life. Move forward in confidence, friends! His will is still there for you. Closing Thoughts:
What kind of fog are you currently experiencing in your life? What portions of it can you control, and what portions must you leave to God? How can you continue to follow the will of God even once the fog has cleared?
Romans 16:20 (New International Version) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Jeremiah 32:40 (New International Version) 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me