God Has A Plan: How to Understand God’s Plan with Scripture Examples

God has a plan for us and everything we do. He created this world with a plan and He will someday end this world according to His plan. As Christians, it’s our job to trust that plan, believe in His will, and lean on Him whenever we feel discouraged or lost.

Most importantly, we must always understand God’s plan for us is good because it will serve His divine purpose.

In the modern world we live in, we like to question everything and find answers to all our problems. But, sometimes we cannot provide answers and we should simply trust God’s will and have faith.

In this article, we’ll take a look at why God has a plan for us, what it means, and what the Bible has to say about this plan.

What Does It Mean, God Has a Plan for You?

Jeremiah 1:5 says:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

God has a plan and we should lean on this understanding when we question our path in life. This means that everything that happens in your life and that is about to happen is part of God’s universal plan for you.

Each person is put on this Earth with a purpose no matter how big or small. We all have a reason for being here and it’s our job to follow that path, trust in God, and be the best person we can be according to God’s teaching. We must follow his wisdom and trust in him no matter what.

This can be hard at times, especially during periods of strife or suffering. We can begin to question God’s plan and wonder if he really is looking out for us.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 says:

Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

He enables me to tread on the heights.

What does this mean for us? It means that we need to praise Him no matter what. We need to praise him during trials just like we do during triumphs because this is His plan and this is what God wants for us. No matter what, we should trust He will never give us more than we can handle – for this is His promise to those who follow Him.

What Is God’s Plan Called?

Romans 12:1-2 says:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

God’s plan is called His Will. It is our purpose on Earth to treat this life as a form of spiritual worship and everything we do should be to glorify God. Within God’s plan are two types of will.

God’s Sovereign Will

Sovereign will refers to God’s control over everything that happens. Things that are coming in the future are controlled by God and things that have happened in the past were also part of God’s sovereign will.

It is important to understand that mankind still possesses free will and the ability to choose on their own. God’s will still permits things that He hates. But as Peter 3:17 teaches us: “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

We should always try to make the choices that we know are right and just even if we think they’ll result in suffering.

God’s Will of Command

God’s will of command are the things he wants us to do. This is where our free will comes into play and where we can let God down by making the wrong choices.

Matthew 7:21 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” 

This verse is incredibly powerful and shows that having a relationship with the Lord is so much more than calling Him Lord and believing. It’s about developing an open line of communication, understanding what God’s will of command is, and living according to that command.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, it says: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

Here again, God is telling us exactly what to do but also leaving room for us to fall short. We don’t always thank God in all circumstances. We often ask “why” and blame Him for our own wrongdoings.

How Do You Know God Has a Plan for You?

Romans 12:2 says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

To find an answer to this question, you must simply look around. God does not intend for us to know His Will until it’s time for us to act. When we act upon God’s Will without knowing it, this is where dramatic transformations occur in our lives.

Verses That Prove God Has a Plan for Your Life

Here are some examples of the scripture telling us about God’s plan for us.

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.

Esther 4:14

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 33:11

The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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