Have you ever had a plan in your head for so long, only to find out that as the time grew nearer for that plan to be put into action, your plan completely fell through? This is such a common event in the world every single day. Plans fall through, things happen. Sometimes these changes are catastrophic, but others may be minor. Regardless, a once made plan has changed for whatever reason, establishing the need for a new plan. Creating a new plan in response to the failure of the previous plan is the next appropriate step.
Building upon this, society expects a plan-oriented mentality: everyone should always have a plan, no matter how great or small. One without a plan is one doomed for imminent failure. Culture will reward those who have detailed, precise plans that are stable and reliable. But, as stated above, plans can and will fail, even plans created after the failure of one previous. There, however, is one plan that is supreme, that will not fail: the reliable Rock’s plan, God’s plan.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
Examining ourselves and our own hearts, we must call out our passionate desire to live on our own accord. We, as humans, crave to rule and have authority, especially over our own lives. This ideology is not new, though. Adam and Eve craved to be like God, and they did so at the expense of all of humanity, themselves and those to come. Their insatious desire to be the Planmaker only brought death and corruption to all of humanity, further erupting our need for God.
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.Genesis 3:5-6
Thankfully, the Father sent his Son to pay the price and atone for our sins, and in him rests eternal life and peace. In him resides the most secure plan of plans: our salvation. We desire to be in control as humans because it is a natural attribute that has been distributed from the Father (Genesis 1:26); however, our control is only reserved to the Father. It is only him who is in control, so when we think we have control, it is truly the Father who possesses all of it. He only gave humanity dominion because He has the supreme dominion.
Comparatively, even when our plans fail, the Lord is still working according to his plan because he never fails. He is faithful and just, patient in everything. If we hold to him as our Rock, then we must have absolute faith in his will. We have to humbly align our will with his own because that is where “our” plans succeed and triumph over the opposition of this world.
Besides reading Scripture, prayer permits a person to associate their willful thoughts with that of the Father’s. In prayer, we do not ask that the Father’s will would comply with our own; rather, we plead for ours to comply with his. All plans are reserved to the Father, and all of our thoughts and desires must align with His. Only then will we see plans consistently succeed and be fruitful; only then will we see plans go our way.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2