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Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14

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There are some parts of the story of Abraham and Sarah that just leave me biting my nails. I mean, Sarah, what were you thinking? Telling your husband to sleep with your maid? Really?

God had an incredible plan for Abraham and Sarah. While His plan was still accomplished despite Sarah’s scheming, her interference caused much heartache and strife. Many times we have a tendency to run ahead of God when we feel He is not acting quickly enough. We connive, cajole, coax, and conspire. We hamper, hinder, hassle and hurry.

Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God has a plan for each and every one of us. “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.” He does not need our interference to accomplish that plan. He does require our obedience and cooperation.

I asked my Facebook friends to tell about a time when they interfered with God’s plan. Here’s what a few had to say:

-I prayed that God would change my husband. I got tired of waiting, so I decided to take matters in my own hands and do it myself. I made a terrible mess of our marriage and the situation only got worse.

-I prayed for a husband, but got tired of waiting on God to bring him. I ended up dating a non-Christian, getting pregnant with twins, and ultimately left all alone to raise them by myself.

-When I was 24, I got pregnant and had an abortion. I didn’t trust God with the situation and took matters in my own hands. Years of nightmares, anxiety, guilt, and fear followed. I finally allowed God to walk me through to full repentance and redemption. I knew Christ at the time of the abortion, but didn’t believe He could help me get through the pregnancy. While I’ve dealt with the abortion physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and even share my testimony about God’s forgiveness, I will never have the joy of raising that child.

-I lived with a man for 10 years. He partied all the time and didn’t want to get married. I prayed that God would change him. Finally I prayed that God would change me and moved out. I cried out to God, “Why am I not enough for my boyfriend?” He answered, “Why am I not enough for you?” Wow! I can honestly say that life with God in control is amazing. His ways have been by far the most exciting and fulfilling time of my life. Listen to his nudges, friends, and most of all, wait for his green light.

-I pushed my husband to take a job that moved us thousands of miles away from family and friends. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I know I interfered with God’s plan by not waiting on Him to guide us. We are still suffering the consequences.

God has given us a free will and allows us to storm ahead, but He also allows the consequences of our interference to affect our lives. Because of Sarah’s interference, Hagar’s son, Ishmael, was born. Muhammad, the founder of the Muslim people and Islamic faith, came from Ishmael’s family tree. God predicted tension between the offspring of Ishmael and Isaac and we see that conflict raging even today with strife between the Muslims and Jews.

So here’s my challenge to you today…let’s not interfere with God’s plan. Let’s wait for Him to act and not take the reins if we feel He’s not acting quickly enough. Deal? Deal.

Let’s Pray

Oh Lord, forgive me for my impatience. Forgive me for running ahead of You. Forgive me for interfering in Your plans and messing things up. Today, I commit to wait on You. I will not run ahead of You. I will not come up with a plan that suits my wants, my desires, or my fancies. I’ll wait on Your perfect plan to be enacted in Your perfect time.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

In one of Sarah’s not-so-finest hours, she blamed the mess THAT SHE CREATED on her husband. Check out Genesis 16:1-5.

Have you ever made a mess of things, and then blamed someone else.

Ouch. My toes are hurting.

You know what God’s job is? He runs things. If you are willing to let God do His job today, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m not going to interfere with God’s job today.” And if you haven’t “liked” my page yet, be sure to click on that little thumbs up!

More from the Girlfriends

I think one reason we jump in and try to “help” God do His job is because we don’t really trust Him. Hard to admit that, isn’t it? Would you like to join Gwen, Mary and me on a faith adventure to learn to trust Him more? Then check out our book, Trusting God. We even have free videos for you to use with each of the 12 chapters. You can find these on my Bible Study page. You’ll love it. More importantly, you’ll love God more!

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More from the Girlfriends

One reason we interfere with God’s plan is because we simply don’t trust Him. Do you want to learn how to trust Him more? To trust Him with all your heart in all circumstances? Then Trusting God is the book for you. It is a perfect summer Bible Study for small groups or individual time with God. You can even find free videos to go along with each section on the Bible Study of my website.

12 Responses to “When We Interfere with God’s Plan”

  1. Amy says:

    This devotion really hit home. I look back on my life and I have taken the reins so many times into my hands. I can think of numerous times when I did not wait on God. As always, I suffered consequences and then waited for him to make something beautiful out of my mess. Thank you for reminding me to wait on God.

  2. Nada says:

    My husband had a lot of health issues and as someone in the medical field, I thought that I could force him to do the things I thought he needed to do to get better. I didn’t trust that God had a plan for that. It caused a lot of fights and arguments in our marriage. God seriously challenged my husband about it on His own time and the results have been amazing!

    When we were ready to have a second child, I put a lot of pressure on myself and my husband, to the point of almost ruining our intimacy. In the end, God’s timing was perfect — our son came just as my husband got his dream job and I was able to stay at home with both our children.

  3. Celestine says:

    This devotion has truly bless me on this morning, I can recall so many times where I didn’t wait on God, and I had to reap the benefits from not letting God lead me and it cause me so much pain in my walk with the Lord, but I am now learning to let Jesus lead me and I just follow and reading your devotion this morning, is a awesome reminder for me to continue letting my savior lead me and it encourages me to wait patiently on the Lord. Thank you for your encouraging word on today.

  4. Kyla says:

    Very good!
    Life today, I try to wait on the Lord. Thru a failed marriage and many years alone, I have learnt to listen. I still want to take control, but slowly remember my painful experiences and try to let go and let God take over!

    I bought a house and I am hoping its Gods timing.

  5. Lisa says:

    Great devotion! I was thinking of the messes I had made in my own life but most importantly was just convicted over some thing I have been planning which is probably not what God would want for me at this time. I’ll be still and wait patiently for Him!

  6. Sharon says:

    I have a tendency to plan “just in case” ways to accomplish. Like right now, bringing our son home from Ethiopia…if funds don’t come in we can…I need to be patient…let go and let God!

  7. Andrea says:

    I get what you’re saying but it’s often difficult to know what is interfering and what is obeying. It’s not so cut and dry. When a man of God is telling you he wants to marry you, are you just supposed to accept “Oh, this must be who God has for me.” What if you don’t like him. It seems you’re suggesting a very passive route. You can be an independent and assertive person and go after your goals and overcome the challenges that those goals entail without thinking “God must be telling me not to do this! Let me just sit back and wait until He makes it abundantly clear to me.”

  8. Gina says:

    I tried to take control of a situation, only to damage close relationships and end up terribly disappointed with the outcome. Through it, I was blessed with God’s patience and grace, as I learned surrender the hard way. What a great lesson, and today’s devotional is a great reminder. Thank you!

  9. April G. says:

    I truly needed this today. I was transferred from a job that I truly loved and now I am working at a place that I can’t stand! I thank God for having a job but the stress this new position causes me is sometimes unbearable and instead of waiting on the Lord to bless me with another job, I keep trying to do things on my own and it has made me have anxiety, sadness and worry; I know these 3 things are not of God, He gives us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. So today, I promise to leave it all in His Hands and at His Feet because the battle is not mine. He brought me through so many things and I will trust in Him. Sometimes it just hard to give it all to Him and I feel so bad about doing that, but as my Mom always told me in times of trouble…”LOOK UP” because He is always there. God bless you and thank you.

  10. April G. says:

    I was transferred from a job that I truly loved and now I am working at a place that I can’t stand! I thank God for having a job but the stress this new position causes me is sometimes unbearable and instead of waiting on the Lord to bless me with another job, I keep trying to do things on my own and it has made me have anxiety, sadness and worry; I know these 3 things are not of God, He gives us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. So today, I promise to leave it all in His Hands and at His Feet because the battle is not mine. He brought me through so many things and I will trust in Him. Sometimes it just hard to give it all to Him and I feel so bad about doing that, but as my Mom always told me in times of trouble…”LOOK UP” because He is always there. God bless you and thank you.

  11. Sarah says:

    I can relate to all these in some way. Messes are what happen when we don’t wait for God. I am 24 and raising two children on my own. I used to blame God for putting my ex-husband in my life, but now I’ve taken full responsibility. I wasn’t forced to pursue a man who was obviously wrong for me, I disobeyed God on my own, which led me to the life I now live. I am blessed to have my lovely children, and I know better now. I’m thankful our God is merciful.

  12. Carolyn says:

    I’ve spent the better part of my life trying to make things work according to my will, and I have suffered a lot of consequences. But since I became a Christian God has been lovingly relieving me of the burden of the lie that I can be like Him (oh Eve I know you so well) and replacing it with the truth that He is trustworthy. As much as I want to wait upon Him it’s not an easy concept for me to grasp. I’m currently facing another “major” decision and for the first time I’m excited to see what God has planned. Oh, the fear still comes at me (as fear always will) but His Word, and devotions like this help me stand firm. I ask for prayer – to know Him more. Just the right encouragement at just the right time !
    God is so GOOD ! <3

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