• Rev. Joseph A Bias

When Plans Fall Apart, Then What?

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Now we all know that Christians live perfectly peaceful, perfectly ordered, well balanced lives where every activity, project or enterprise works out just as we planned and is executed with flawless precision. Right?

Not exactly. Maybe on planet MeethZhorph it does, but here on earth, not so much.

Certainly, things do go well for us as believers most of the time. We do live favored lives because of the Father’s love in Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit on our behalf, but then there are days, sometimes weeks or even months, where our best efforts don’t guarantee that something won’t go wrong, that our plans won’t suddenly unravel and the things we thought were in place and ready to go are suddenly turned upside down and there is little or no time to pull together an alternate solution or come up with a better plan. What do we do then? The clock is ticking and all eyes are on you to do something.

First of all, what we don’t do is panic. That is never the solution to anything. Instead, we stop. Let our minds and our emotions rest in the moment. Then, we turn our thoughts to the Lord and seek Him for guidance and wisdom, knowing that He alone always has the answer, because, if He has to, He can make a way out of no way.

He can bring water from a rock and He can cause rivers to flow in the desert. [Isaiah 35:4-7; Isaiah 43:19] So, we take time to remind ourselves that with God all things are possible [Luke 1:37] and what we don’t understand now will be revealed in its time.

There are also those times when things fall apart for our protection and greater blessing. Sometimes we can be headed somewhere with all zeal to do a good thing and along the way it seems every possible obstacle to prevent us from advancing is thrown in our way, till finally we throw up our hands and just quit. Suddenly, in that moment we get news of some disaster that we avoided because of all those delays and setbacks that just seemed to be obstacles but in reality, they were road blocks to keep us from careening over a cliff that we could not see.

Now, I don’t say that every resistance we face is a blessing. Sometimes they are just what they seem to be, works of the enemy to prevent us from doing God’s intended purpose. In those moments, if we just press on we will reach our goal, our destination or the fulfillment of what God has ordained for us.

Discerning the difference is the key. The way we do that is through prayer and patience.

If anyone lacks wisdom...

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

We may desire to do something and that is good, but it is the Lord that directs our steps as to how we should accomplish it. And that may not always be the way we planned.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Now, adverse circumstances, sickness, disease and suffering do not come from God and He never sends these things into our lives for any purpose. These things are not found in the “life and that more abundantly” that Jesus came to bring us. They are works of the devil that Jesus came to destroy.

But, God directs our steps through His Word, through discernment and the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Circumstances come and go, and sometimes things may seem to fall apart despite our best effort to hold them together. When they do, just remember Whose you are and Whose cause you serve. Cast all your care on Him and wait patiently for Him because He cares for you. [1 Peter 5:7] He will not fail you.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

When plans fall apart God has a way of putting all things right again. In this we have confidence.

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