What’s In a Plan

Having a plan can be really comforting. For many of us a plan provides a sense of security, certainty, and assurance. A lack of a plan can mean fear, uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety. Trusting in someone else’s plan can be just as fear inducing as not having a plan.  Even when that someone else is God. 

Sometimes I read the scriptures and I think, “I am not cool with that God, ’cause what if you just decided to do ____ to me?” Other times I think, “It’s so good to know that God has my best interest at heart, and has plans to do great things for me.” 

This whole God’s plan vs. our plan can be tricky.  Especially when you have experienced trauma, grief, loss, and extreme adverse experiences.  This is why trusting in God requires faith which is to be cultivated and the Holy Spirit, which a supernatural helper.  My prayer for you is that wherever you find yourself on the “plan spectrum” may you find some peace in God’s plan for your life. 

Psalm 33:11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Psalm 40:5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 92:5 How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!

Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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.

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Published by Counseling With Leslie

Leslie Stevens, M.Ed., LCMHC is a North Carolina and Virginia board-certified licensed professional counselor. She co-owns a successful practice in Carrboro, North Carolina. Leslie specializes in helping adults navigate stress, depression, anxiety, and perfectionism. Additionally, she is a life strategist, spiritual coach, and writer.

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