In order to fully understand God’s plan simply means to fully embrace that God is in control no matter the situation or outcome! Contrary to what James Brown so passionately sung; THIS IS GOD’S WORLD! He created it, He owns it, and He alone controls it. Even though there are many things we may fear or dislike during the course of God’s plan in our life, we must have faith that in the end His plan leaves us perfect, complete, and lacking in nothing.
Two powerful OT passages to consider when God changes gears is Jeremiah 10:23, “LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps” and Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
In all honesty, the beauty of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is knowing that God is in control of our lives and that He causes ALL thing to work together for our good in spite of our lack of faith, sin, and rebellion! (Roman 8:28). When we struggle with life’s many disappointments just knowing that God has a a bigger plan should fuel our hope and bring focus/clarity into our everyday lives. God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews13:5 ) so just because things don’t go our way doesn’t mean God isn’t moving positively and strategically in our lives! In times of ambiguity or uncertainty, it’s our duty to cleave and cling to the cross of Calvary and when this happens our relationship with God grows deeper and our anxieties and fear becomes less and less gripping!