Not where you wish you were

Proverbs 19:21
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
Last week as a part the “Up!” devotional I invited you to finish this sentence: “I never expected…”

I received a lot of responses. Here are a few:

  • I never expected to spend so much time at Sick Kids hospital with my own child.
  • I never expected that one of my greatest challenges would be caring for my own parents.
  • I never expected to not get along with my children when they became adults.
  • I never expected that I would worry about money so much.
  • I never expected that I would be a divorced mother of three and watch my husband slowly kill himself with alcohol.
  • I never expected to lose my first baby and then find out that I could never get pregnant again.
  • I never expected that having friends would one day not come easy.
  • I never expected to struggle with addiction, and also struggle with relapse.

I was  blown away by your honesty, and by the profound depth of real-life experience.

One of the things these experiences teach us is that our “Plan A’s” rarely play out the way we expect. As Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get.”

So true.

But in the midst of the uncertainty and difficulty, what can you expect from God?

You can expect God’s purpose to prevail.

That doesn’t mean that everything that happens to you is good. There are terrible things that happen in our broken world, absolutely. But what I mean is that God’s purpose for you is not limited to your Plan A. He can work through your Plan B, Plan Q or Plan Z!

Consider Proverbs 19:21: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” We have many plans—but it is God’s purpose that prevails.

So today, as you stand on the horizon of your right now, make a decision to say “Yes, God’s purpose can prevail in my life.”

No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you’re going through, and no matter who you are, God wants you on his agenda. In the life you’re already living.

God uses you where you are, not where you wish you were.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday message from Westminster called “Ed is not your friend.” It’s Part 1 in the Plan B series. And I truly do want to again thank everyone who sent in responses to last week’s question. I included many of them in the podcast that you can hear here.

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