Does God have a plan for my life? We know that God is Sovereign and has a plan for His creation. There is an end game that God is working towards. And we are all part of that plan. So, doesn’t it stand to reason that God has a plan for my life as well?
The answer is yes, but with a caveat. I think Christians take two misguided approaches to the idea that God has a plan for our lives.
The Deterministic View
The first way people incorrectly understand the idea that God has a plan is to take a deterministic view of life. If God has a plan, there is nothing I can do to stop it. It will happen whether I participate or not. I can’t do anything to help God, so I just won’t do anything.
This is a misguided approach. Just because God has a plan, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want up to participate in it. God doesn’t need our help. But the fact that He created us with free will to do as we choose seems to suggest that he wants us to participate.
God could have just put a plan in motion using human robots. Pre-programed beings that did nothing but follow His commands. He didn’t do that though. And God is perfectly capable of using our free will choices to achieve His ultimate ends.
On the other side of the coin, there are Christians that think that they need to “Discover” God’s plan for their life. Their life is planned down to the tiniest detail. They think that God has set aside a specific person for them to marry. Everything from their education to their carrier is listed somewhere, and it is our job as Christians to find out exactly what that is.
This can lead to some very unbiblical behavior. People will do the blind Bible flip, where they try to determine God’s will by using the Bible as a magic 8 ball. I’m sure you’ve seen this done before. People ask a question, close their eyes and flip through the Bible. They then stop at a random place and put their finger on the page. Whatever verse happens to be under their finger is considered the answer to their question.
Sound odd? It is! But this is how some people try and figure out God’s plan for their lives. So how do we figure out what God’s true plan is?
God’s Sovereign Will
There are two aspects of God that come into play when we talk about His plan. The first is God’s Sovereign will. This is God’s plan. We see evidence of this in verses such as Ephesians 1:11, Daniel 4:35, and Acts 2:23.
We don’t often see or understand this plan at work when it’s happening. Sometimes we can recognize it in hindsight. Typically, we don’t know what this is ahead of time. But we don’t have access to God’s Sovereign will to make decisions in our life. That is where the second aspect of God’s will come in. This second aspect is God’s Moral will.
God’s Moral Will
God’s moral will is revealed to us in scripture. These are guidelines God gives us to live our lives and flourish. They are not specific to our lives but are commands for all Christians to live by. So, God does not give direction on a specific person to marry, but rather what type of person to marry. God gives us guidance on how we should live our lives (1 Peter 2:13-15, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:3).
God’s moral will can be subverted. We can, and often do, choose not to follow it in our fallen state. But this does not interfere with God’s Sovereign plan.
What’s The Answer?
So, does God have a plan for my life? Yes, He does. But it is not a mystery that needs to be solved. If we want to know God’s plan for our life, we need to look no further than the pages of the Bible. There we find God’s perfect plan for humanity. How we should act and treat each other are spelled out clearly.
It’s all there for us. We just need to follow the plan in place!
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