Step Five: God will provide a plan
After God calls a person to a place for a people, He will provide a plan. The Bible teaches us that “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5. This verse may deal most directly with stewardship, but the general principle has to do with good planning. God wouldn’t teach us to be a diligent planner without He, Himself, having plans and purposes for those whom He calls.
In Isaiah 55:8-8, it says, “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. 9 ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” God having higher thoughts and higher ways means He has plans that our better than our plans.
When God called Moses to Egypt to minister to the Hebrews, He had a plan. His general plan was to have Moses deliver the people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. His specific plans were to send Ten Plagues, part the Red Sea, have them wander in the wilderness, guide them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, provide manna from heaven and water from a rock and take them to the brink of the Promised Land.
Moses’ responsibility was to come to know God’s plan and execute as His called servant. God always provides a plan or a way. He never leaves His servant to do it all by himself or herself.
If you are called by God to a mission’s field, He will always provide a plan for you. As it was with Moses, you will probably not know every step along the way, but He will reveal it to you as you faithfully journey with Him.
It has been my experience that God very seldom reveals everything all at once. We probably either couldn’t handle it or would run well ahead of the Lord in terms of His timing. Instead, as we faithfully move forward with whatever He has revealed to us, the next step will become apparent.
What’s your next step of faith? Don’t hesitate because you are not quite sure where it will lead you. Remember, God has a plan. When the people of Israel needed some encouragement, God told them, “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11.
Indeed, God had a plan for them even in the midst of exile and captivity; surely He has a plan for you.
Something to think about…