God Doesn’t Have a Plan for Your Life

game of lifeTruth is, He has millions of ‘em.

The oft-quoted scripture concerning God’s plan for your life, which has been emblazoned on T-shirts and bracelets and youth ministry websites for centuries, is Jeremiah 29:11:

“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.”

What does God have for you?

Plans.  Plural.  As in, more than one.

And notice what those plans lead to.  “Hope and a future.”

All of the individual plans that God has for you culminate in one grandiose future.  The ultimate “plan” that youth pastors have been talking about for years is only reached when we purpose to learn and execute God’s specific plans for each and every one of our days.

As Paul told the Ephesians,

We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Don’t get so distracted with what God wants you to do in thirty years that you miss all of the things He wants you to do today.  Just spend every single day growing closer to Him, instantly obey everything He tells you to do, and you’ll reach that hopeful future He promised you.

After all, you’ll be walking with Him.  Where else would He take you?

“Each moment of the day is a gift from God that deserves care, for by any measure, our time is short and the work is great.” [J. Oswald Sanders]

Breaking Bad Ruined My Relationship with God

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I’ve really been wanting to start a bible study with my wife.  I have the DVDs, I have the study outline… all I’ve needed is the time.

Yesterday was going to be the night.  I was planning on coming home, popping in the DVD, and growing closer to God with my wife by my side. 

But then something happened.  I received a text message from my wife:

“We got invited to go to dinner for Lauren’s birthday.  Can we go?”

I get it.  Stuff happens.  Things come up.  Interesting that they usually come up when you have a prior engagement with God, but still, it was important for Cheyne.  So we pushed the bible study back a day to (soberly) celebrate Lauren’s 21st birthday. 

Today is Tuesday.  And my plan is to study God’s Word with my wife tonight. 

But then something happened. 

I found out that Breaking Bad season six was just released on Netflix.

And I really want to know what happens to Walter White and his ragtag team of hooligans. 

Looks like I need to push the bible study back a few weeks.  After all, what’s a guy like me supposed to do?  God knows I love Him, but He also knows I love Breaking Bad.  And Breaking Bad is so good.  God can’t expect me not to watch it.  Really, it’s not even my fault, either.  It’s Netflix’s fault.  God’ll understand.  I mean, He can wait.  Walter and Jesse can’t.

Jesus addressed similar excuses in Matthew 5.  There was a group of religious people walking around, saying things like, “It’s not my fault I am filled with lust.  It’s my hands’ fault.  My hands have a mind of their own.  They just do what they want, and I can’t control them.”

Jesus’ response?

“If your hand is really causing you to lust, then chop it off.”

Immature people make excuses for things beyond their control.  Godly people do everything within their power to glorify God.  It’s that simple.  It’s not Netflix’s fault if I choose not to study the bible.  It’s my fault.  Because even if Bryan Cranston has the power to mesmerize me with his flawless acting, I have the power to turn off the TV.

People say temptation gets us off-course.  That’s not entirely true.  Temptation shows what is already in our hearts.  It shows what our priorities truly are.  And I guess we’re going to find out tonight what mine truly are.