Scripture has all kinds of great things to say about the Divine’s plan for us:
Jeremiah 29: 11 – For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare (often translated as “prosperity”) and not for harm (also translated as “woe”), to give you a future with hope.
Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
And on….and on….and on…. Scripture is filled with passages that tell us the good God has in mind for us, along with the prosperity and abundance we will enjoy because of how much God loves us.
These scripture passages have been used by many to paint a rosy picture of what it looks like to receive God’s blessings – that all we have to do is “think the right thoughts,” hold the proper beliefs, belong to the right Church. Then there are those who instead of painting a rosy picture, describe something threatening instead – how we will only receive God’s blessings if we follow a certain set of rules, follow the prescribed doctrine, and do what we are told (without asking questions).
While these approaches work for some, this is not what scripture truly says…
Yes – scripture says that God’s plan for us is far greater than what we could ever imagine for ourselves. BUT…..scripture also says that in order to participate in God’s plan for us, we have to GET OUT OF THE WAY. In order to participate in the Divine plan for our life and to fulfill our Soul’s mission and purpose in this life, we have to set aside what we think we know, let go of our own plans, and pry our cold and dead fingers from the life that has become familiar but likely no longer serves. We have to do what every 12-stepper knows, “Let Go and let God.” For the fragile ego, who thinks it is in charge and that it needs to be in charge, this is perhaps the most difficult of all things to do. In this, we are invited to embrace the words of scripture that are often forgotten in our haste to enjoy the abundance of God:
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