6. What do the following verses suggest about God’s plan for our lives?
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11)
This verse is such a beautiful reminder that God longs to do good to us. He longs for us to enjoy the bounties of His love but He does not force His ways on us. He lets us choose. This verse also reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
I also like the NIV version of this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “
God desires to give us good things. He desires good for our lives. He has given us His word to guide us into the path where we can enjoy the good He has for us and the many blessings He wishes to bestow upon us. We just need to choose if we will accept or not. He does not force Himself upon us.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalms 37:4)
God wants to make us happy. He wants our life to be joyous and peaceful but He knows that if He always gave us our human passions and wants that we would not be happy for long and that it would eventually destroy us. That is why we need to delight ourselves in the Lord. As we draw closer to Him and ask His Spirit to dwell in our hearts, our thoughts and desires will change as He gives us a new heart and new mind (Ezekiel 36:26). Thus our desires become what God has wanted for us all along. For our life to be happy and full, to be in perfect harmony with God and man.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
How can we misunderstand God’s desire for our lives when we see this. If God was willing to deliver up His Son to us (who we killed and crucified) we must understand that He desires the best for us and will also give us freely all things (those things that are good for us). He will withhold no blessing from those who choose to follow Him and His ways of love.
7. How should we respond to God’s plan for our lives?
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
We should respond with faith, believing that God does desire good for us and we can safely follow in His path. There is nothing more exciting that a life of following God. You never know where He will lead you, and though sometimes it may be tough, you can safely trust that in the end, you will be happiest in the plans He has for you.
8. What does Jesus say about faith in the following verses?
“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29)
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
We need to believe & trust God to receive the blessings He longs to give us.
“There is, it seems, and underlying law of the universe: that the fulfilment of God’s plan for our life is directly connected to our faith in God’s longing to make us successful and happy” (FAST Survival Kit p6)
9. In light of the facts we have studied so far, what emotion should fill our hearts?
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4)
We serve an amazing God. A God who not only created us, but loves us very deeply and desires the very, very best for our lives. His plans for us are for good and He gave all of heaven in Jesus Christ so that you and I can be apart of His plan. The question just remains…Are we willing to trust Him and be apart of His plan today? Let us reach out our hand in faith to the One who loves us more than life itself and trust our lives into His gracious care.