When To Consult With Your Calendar
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
Our family has had major issues when it comes to money. They’ve been issues that seem unfair if I’m being honest. My husband is our sole provider. He goes to work every day. He doesn’t take advantage of his employer. He works very early hours. He works hard. We pray and ask for God’s protection over our income. Then out the clear blue – the work is gone, and it’s time to look for more work.
I was at the gym one morning during a time when my husband was losing a major portion of our income. I reflected on the past twelve years. I reflected on how we’ve moved so often and had to change churches. I said to God within myself, “Lord, our entire life as Christians, and at every church we’ve attended, we’ve had to ask our church for prayer because we lost our job.”
I’m usually very upset with God. Why us? Why do we keep going through issues with our income? We pray. We asked for God’s protection. We serve our church. We tithe faithfully. We share the Gospel. We spend quiet time with God every day. We teach our children to fear God. Why does He continue to allow this uncertainty in our lives?
One day in my continuous anger with God, something struck me. How often do we truly seek God’s plan for our lives first? I wonder if the jobs we’ve lost have more to do with the fact that they were jobs we took without His guidance. I wonder if the plans we have with the money He provides, are plans we make without His guidance.
You see, we go through life thinking and believing we are such great people, so why would God allow misfortunes. But the truth is, the more we live our lives without allowing His plans to shape us, we find ourselves in a mess.
In the same way a person cannot live their life as a “good person” without salvation, we cannot as Christians live our lives making our own plans without God’s direction.
There are very few stories in the Bible where we see victory where the leader is giving God the plan. Moses didn’t tell God what the plan would be. Joshua didn’t give God his plans. Neither did David, or Peter, Saul or Jesus. Almost all the stories in the Bible, God is giving the directive and the chosen person follows God’s plan – in order to see victory.
I was talking with a lady at church one day. I asked her the ages of her children. She said they were all two years apart. She went on to say that God blessed that plan for them. We weren’t having a conversation about planning, but I find it interesting that she mentioned that.
I do not think there’s anything wrong with Christians planning out their lives, but I think it must be done within God’s Sovereign plan. I believe there are times God will bless our plans when we pray and ask Him. I believe when we acknowledge that He is Lord over lives, He is more willing to bless the plans we make, especially when He gets the glory. When we live our lives knowing God is Lord over our lives, it becomes easier to let go of the plans we make, if God does not honor them. We will know that God has a better plan.
We are often influenced by the world around us. But we have to be influenced by God. It’s hard when our plans do not work. But when we study His Word, and pray to Him daily, He will impart godly wisdom. We will soon learn to trust His plans – because His plans are not to harm us, but to prosper us.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.