When we go about reading and analyzing the Bible, we come to our own interpretations and perceptions. One of the many topics that are debated is if God truly has a predestined plan or blueprint for us. Sometimes we tend to overthink or overread which can lead us to misinterpret many things about the scriptures because we can be very bias rather than looking at it with open mindedness.
When it comes down to whether I believe that God has a plan for me. I believe the answer is yes. In my opinion, God sets out a plan that we must follow and yes we tend to come off that course but with faith we reconnect and find ourselves back on track. I believe that everything happens for a reason, therefore, we must try and stay on track with what we believe is right because God is omnipotent and knows how everythings will plan out.As Christians, we know the love we have for our father and the love he holds for us is never ending. Therefore, we feel the need to pursue the life or path that follow his will and ultimately honors and glorifies our Lord.
The question then becomes how exactly do we do that? This is accomplished by following the path God has planned for us. So when it comes time to make a major life decision, most of us experience an intensified interest in discovering God’s will, and we do it with potent passion. We pray for it; we ask others to pray with us and for us, all in hopes that it will become clear what God wants us to do. As we grow older we make our way through the pages of scripture looking for confirmation that God not only has everything under control, but that He also has everything planned out for us.
According to the Bible, in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare & not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (29:11) According to the church, the God’s will concept is a pervasive idea in the church, it’s an idea that often gives us comfort, but it’s also one that can have dangerous effects on our spiritual life. But, a blueprint is a specific set of instructions that spell everything out in detail. They are so specific that anyone with the ability to read or follow them can build exactly what the architect had in mind you don’t mess with blueprints, you follow them, in detail, without question.
From a personal point of view and experiences, I feel that this verse speaks out to me the most. I had a plan set out for myself since I was in high school and when I left to my first year of college it completely changed. I found myself parting from my faith in God.
I was depressed and was in the worst state ever. But, I soon came to realize that my Lord had set out a plan and that one wasn’t it. So here I am today, reconnecting with him at a christian university.
I encountered spiritually and mentally what that verse really meant in context within my life. Another example, is in the book of Hebrews. “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.” ( Hebrews 13:20-21) This specifically speaks of a covenant, in which during the class sessions was discussed. We mentioned of the Four types of wills of God. One specific one that can be taken in to context is that of the Covenantal Will.
In which, “the will of god is revealed specifically in treaty or covenant or parties.” This is a form of thanks to God by administering his revealed Will. In essence, the term Covenant is biblically described as how God connects with humanity. Therefore, if we put this in context on whether our lord had a will for us, the answer continues to be yes.
After the research and lectures provided I continue to believe that our father knows what’s best for me and what shapes and molds me into the person I am. Basically, this is what the church states as well. The covenant is how God typically interacts with His children – that’s not to say that God doesn’t sometimes have a very detailed & specific plan. We’re given much freedom of choice and desire in life, but we are not to take advantage of that privilege because as stated in class it would then be a breach of covenant. This is where one typically abandons the plan of God, his will. Thus the problem then arises, besides being a faulty metaphor of how God works, the “blueprint or plan” mentality, it also has its desolation on our spiritual life.
This is common in almost everyone that encounters some type of emotional disparity with God. Because, it eventually makes us question God’s character His goodness, justice, love, mercy, or when “bad” things happen. It disables us with unpleasant emotions that we’re so afraid of making errors. It messes with our focus and it turns God into a authority for finding things, rather than a God who directs us and transforms us into the people we are.