“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.”Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
God has great plans for your life. All He wants you to do is to trust, believe and rest in faith. Sometimes, in the process of fulfillment to this plan, God may want to shape you so that we can be prepared for greater.
Initially, you fully believe: “Yes God I know You have great plans for my life. Whatever it takes, I will obey so that we can see this plan fulfilled!”
All set and ready to go. Initially the walk was smooth. You had great faith that you will be able to finished walking the journey.
Halfway through, you began walking on rough paths. The walk was so hard for you to handle, and you struggled.
Then, the devil started to whisper into your ears: “Aiyah if God was really planning to prosper you, why is He letting you go through all these hardships? You fool, look how tired you having suffered all these. God doesn't mean well for you at all!”
In the end, you begin to doubt God's intentions and His goodness. Just by the lies of the enemy, your faith began to shake. You have been tricked to believe that God was not so good after all.
There is always room for faith to grow. Whenever you doubt, as long as you learn the truth about God, your faith will rise. But why are we constantly letting the devil trick us over and over again, even though we know that He is a father of lies (John 8:44)?
Here I look at Jesus when He was being tempted by the devil. With the fact that Jesus is God in human form, some of us may say confidently that He will be able to stand against those temptations.
But, if you look closely, Jesus was tempted straight after He fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). Wasn't He like us, tired and hungry, tempted in weakness? In the end, He overcame temptation, because of His unshakeable faith. And it was all because Jesus recognised who God the Father was, thus leading to His unshakeable faith.
Even at the cross, while the soldiers were all mocking at Him, telling Him to save Himself if He was the Messiah, He could have thought it this way: “So Father, in the end you are not coming to my rescue. You have deserted me.” Instead, He chose to stand in faith and believe that His Father in heaven had a greater purpose for His life (Matthew 27:27-54). The pain He was bearing on the cross did not blind Him from His knowledge of His Father in heaven.
If your parents will plan and save money for your future education, what makes you think your heavenly Father won’t do the same (Matthew 7:11)? If God can fearfully and wonderfully create you (Psalm 139:14), why will He want to destroy His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)? Recognising who God is will allow you to trust in His goodness and intentions. Remember, God has a great plan for your life!
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)