God Knows His Plans

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A verse like this is tough to read, especially when we are first starting to walk with the Lord. After all, who would know what is best for my life other than me? I can sometimes look at my circumstances and think, “why won’t God just?” Why won’t God just bless me with enough money to buy this one thing? Why won’t God just give me that promotion at work? Why won’t God just give me that position in ministry? We can see these things are more than a little selfish, but what if we are talking about things less about self and more about health or even need? Why won’t God give me better vision so I do not have to wear glasses? Why won’t God take away diabetes from that friend? Why can’t God just remove all disease or illness from a loved one?

Where does our faith lie? Do we truly believe God is only blessing us during the good times? Does God take time off from His perfect plan for us, only to pick up the pieces later? Our faith should be in His plan, there is a blessing in both the negative and positive, God never rests, His plan is perfect.

The question is, do we have enough faith to trust His plan through the negative and the positive? Or does our faith swing back and forth like a tree in the breeze? Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that He knows the plan He has for us, a plan for us to prosper, and not hurt us, a plan that should lead to hope.

Wherever you are today, whatever the circumstance that brings you to this devotional… give thanks! We see Paul be tested over and over and always giving thanks throughout it all, pray that the Lord provides that heart for you. Embrace the Lord’s perfect plan for your life, after all, the testing of our faith produces patience.

Closing Thoughts:

If we live by faith and not by sight, we must be willing to turn our life over to the Lord’s will. We have a flesh that will fight this with all the strength it has. Pray the Lord would pour into you the kind of faith that can move mountains.

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

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