Read Psalm 139:13-17
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
- Psalm 139:23
God is a God of purpose and direction. He doesn't decide anything on a whim or at the last minute. That is true for the universe, and it is also true for you and me. Jeremiah 29:11 further encourages us with these words, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
The psalmist also reminds us that God designed us in the womb and had a plan for our lives all written out before we were born. “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them” (Psalms 139:13-17).
Now God doesn't reveal His entire plan for our whole life all at once (We'd probably get scared if He did!), but He does reveal it step by step. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalms 37:23). Some steps may seem odd to us, but we never have to doubt His leading. We can trust Him. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Follow His directions for your life – you'll never end up in the wrong place!
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