Though we cannot know the future, God does. When making our plans, it’s important to trust Him — but how?
Right now, my plans for the future are up in the air. It’s frustrating, and sometimes even tear-wracking. I try outlining my life, but I can’t be sure it will work out that way. In the past, my plans have often fallen through—why wouldn’t they now?
Our plans often fail, leaving us heartbroken. I know in my head that God has a plan for my future, and that it is so much better than anything I could ever imagine, but I often feel like I’m running in circles.
How can we trust God with our future and make plans that honor and give Him room to do His amazing works? Here are some tips to do that.
Be sure to pray.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Never forget this! Though it may not seem as if He does, God does have a plan, and He’s not shy about communicating that to us … as we need it, and not a moment sooner!
Even if we don’t know precisely what to pray for, God’s got our back.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
So open your heart to God through prayer, and He will answer you.
Consider the wisdom of your plans.
Though our human understanding is finite, we are still able to step back and look at a situation with some degree of logic.
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)
The Bible is full of excellent tips on stewardship, relationships, and more.
Take time to step back from your plans and ask, “Does God really want me to go in this direction?” Running forward with your eyes shut is a fool’s way — God calls us to open our eyes and face our lives slowly and steadily.
Get Godly advice from others.
“Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” (Proverbs 15:22)
Ask parents, pastors, or close friends what they think. If possible, don’t make any huge changes to your life without talking it over and asking for prayer from your advisers!
Sometimes an outside perspective is helpful, but be sure it’s a Godly perspective. Remember, people are influenced by worldly things. So be sure not to just rely on the advice of others.
Commit your plans to God.
“Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)
Let’s not be proud in heart. God is the author of our life, and it’s not right to make-believe that we have any control of it.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Commit your way to the Lord. He knows your every step and every breath before you take it. Acknowledge in all you do that God is the one ultimately in charge.
Spend lots of time in God’s word.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
The Bible is full of so many beautiful words. I cannot tell you how encouraging and insightful they can be! Sometimes God will speak to us through even the most obscure passages.
Be sure to take time to read the Bible every day, and you’ll find your plans will be improved.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Focus on the present.
God has given us all a wonderful gift … the time we have right now.
Focus on God’s glory and His present work in your life rather than worries over the future. Be patient.
I know it’s not easy, but try not to overthink it. Know that you only have the hours that God’s given you, and the only moment you know you have for sure is the present one.
Wait on the Lord.
God always answers our prayers—sometimes it’s a yes, sometimes it’s a no, sometimes it’s wait. “Wait” is often the hardest answer.
But continue seeking His will and waiting on Him. He won’t ever forget you, He won’t even abandon you, and His plans never fail.
I’d like to leave you with this passage, Psalm 37:3-7.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”
Kellyn Roth lives in the dry basin of North-Eastern Oregon on a small ranch with her family, cat, fish, and three beloved border collies. Kell joined the Wilting Rose Project to reach out to young Christian women who need encouragement to keep their head in the fight with Christ centric in their life. She also posts on her blog, publishes Christian historical women’s fiction and romance, and teaches writing through Brett Harris and Josiah DeGraaf’s Young Writer Lessons.