I like to try and make a plan for my life, and it seems like every time I try it all unravels in some sort of crazy mess.
Things go wrong, people don’t follow along, and no amount of desperate attempts can bring it all back together again.
Maybe you can relate with this.
I try to convince myself that if I could just stick to the plan, if I could just get to that one point in life, then everything would be alright.
I tell myself that if I could reach that one ideal place, then I’d have in my possession the key to real joy.
I fall for the lie that I need something other than a Sovereign God in order to satisfy the deeper cravings of my heart.
That’s when I’ve gone and placed my hope in something other than God.
But what about the words of Psalm 62?
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, My fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Nothing more, nothing less.
No matter what I try to tell myself, or what lie I choose to believe, the truth will always remain that Jesus is all that I need.
I have experienced the raw and real pain of realizing that my hope has been misplaced.
I’ve been let down, hurt deep, disappointed and filled with despair when life goes the opposite direction than what I had planned for.
So what do we as believers do, when we’ve realized that our hope has been placed on the wrong object?
We remind ourselves of what is true, like David did in the Psalm 42.
“Why are you cast down oh my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”
We all will experience times when we realize that our hope was set on the wrong things. We will all have points in our walk when we realize that our search for joy is set on the things of this world, rather than the riches of heaven.
But what matters most is what we do when we realize our mistake. That is the time to preach the truth to ourselves just like David did.
That is when we command our souls to hope in God once again.
Our expectation can only be from Him, because He is the only One who can never let us down.
My plans will never succeed. My efforts will never produce God’s will. But one thing I’m learning to be so very true...
...God’s will done God’s way will always lead to my greatest joy and His greatest glory.
I can trust and hope in a God who never fails and never makes a mistake.