Across my 55 years of ministry, I’ve encountered a multitude of directionless people. Usually unhappy and disillusioned, they wander, more or less aimlessly, through the days of their lives. What a tragedy! God has such a wonderful plan for each life; yet so many never seek His plan. From scripture we learn, “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, NLT).
There are some humorous sayings that reflect ‘folk wisdom’ on this subject.
- If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.
- I may not know where I’m going, but I’m making good time.
When a person has no worthy goal or no laudable objective in life, materialism crowds out commendable direction. Entertainment and pleasure-seeking often become ends in themselves. The Old Testament account of Esau serves as a warning to those who hold God’s plan for their lives in light regard. Esau traded his precious birthright away to satiate his immediate appetite. “Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright” (Genesis 25:34, NKJ). How tragically Esau’s life seems to have ended: “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Hebrews 12:17, NKJV). Like Esau, we can ignore God’s plan and forfeit our birthright. We are free to trade away that which is of eternal value for that which is temporal.
How wonderful it is to know where you’re going, to follow a God’s plan. My heart resonates with the Apostle Paul: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV).
Prayer: Lord Give Me The Wisdom To Follow The Plans You Have For Me, Plans That Give Me A Hope And A Future.
~ Brother Roy