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Faith Without A Plan
Christina Bousema - June 16, 2017
Devotional

Man, what if we had the ability to predict the future? Imagine knowing what was going to happen days, months, YEARS from now and being able to plan accordingly. I could prepare a 5-year plan and know that it would actually work out. In reality, that sort of ability is absolute nonsense and balderdash for us human-folk. For me, I really like knowing the next step, and the step after that, and the step after that. Where will I be six months from now? Will I have a different job? Will I be living somewhere else? Am I doing what I need to do now in order to prepare for this wild future I know nothing of? I’d like to think that all of these questions are coming from a place of responsibility and preparedness, but I think that really, if I’m being totally honest, they are coming from a place of fear, insecurity, and impatience. Ouch.

This past season, for me, has been a season of uncertainty and newness. There have been so many big life changes, twists, and turns. I originally had a perfectly planned out idea of what this past year would look like and through time and through various trials, my original plan was blown to pieces. I wish my first reaction could have been “Oh, praise the Lord, for He is good, and His plan is better anyway!”, but it wasn’t. I was disappointed, and hurt, and confused. Why? Because MY plans failed. I had invested so much into what I thought was best for me and paid far less attention to what God was calling me to. But there was a verse that kept popping up, whether it was in my personal study time or it came from a friend. This verse was Luke 12:28…

“If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?”

O you of little faith.”

Golly, where was my faith? Here I am, a child of God, serving the Creator of the entire universe, and I am worrying about my future? It says right there in His word! If God can take care of the grass and the birds of the air, how much more will he take care of us? (Matthew 6:25-34) 

In Psalm 147:5, it says this:

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.”

Our God is able.

In Deuteronomy 7:9, it says this:

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”

Our God is faithful.

God’s plan is always better. It may not be according to our understanding and it may not align with what we think we want or need, but it is always better. It says in His Word that He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He brought us into existence. He knows what He’s doing. Where is our faith? Is it in ourselves, or is it in Him?