Many have stated that "God has a wonderful plan for your life." But is this really true?
I shared this recently - quoting a wonderful Christian leader about God's wonderful plan, but someone on social media didn't think it was very wonderful that I believed this.
What about the disciples? Did God have a wonderful plan for their lives? They died for their faith...because of their faith. That doesn't seem too "wonderful" in the way that we regard things.
This person wasn't trying to be rude - just asking a question - considering all things when something like this is claimed. They in fact, did believe God had a wonderful plan, but it was not in all the ways that we suspect.
So what does it mean if God has a wonderful plan? And is it really true at all when compared side by side with our idea of wonderful?
Yes, I believe God does have a wonderful plan for your life. And I don't believe the fact that there are many hardships in this life to negate this wonderful truth.
Let's review what the Bible says:
Some days won't seem so wonderful. We will experience many hardships in this life (Acts 14:22) Sometimes passionate God-followers don't receive what is promised, in this life (Hebrews 11:39-40)
Only in eternity will we fully see the full goodness of God. Sometimes it won't make sense on this earth.
However, Scripture also tells us God wants to give us life & life more abundantly (John 10:10). He wants to fill us with the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy & peace (Galatians 5:22-23). God wants us to be truly and deeply happy - "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11) Every good and perfect gift in our lives is from God. (James 1:17)
Like a good Father, God has a truly good plan for us (Matthew 7:11). Although this world is not always good - God is always good!
Even in the hardships, which will come, we can see God's goodness.
Especially when we look at Jesus, we are completely overwhelmed by God's goodness.
God's wonderful plan might look a bit different than ours, but as we come to know him more -- it is a plan far above and beyond anything we could ask or even imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)
So... God does have a wonderful plan for your life! And a wonderful plan for your eternity!
We all choose whether or not we embrace God's wonderful plan for us. It starts by believing in His one and only Son who gave everything for us. What will you choose today?