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Do you struggle to let go of your own plans and trust God’s plan instead? This post is all about why we can and should trust God’s plan for our lives.
- Does God even have plans for us?
- What makes someone’s advice trustworthy?
- Is God’s plan trustworthy?
- Why we should and can trust God’s plan for our lives
As we get older, we are expected to take charge of our lives.
It usually starts when we hit our late teens and begin to transition into adulthood.
For some, it starts even earlier.
Parents, guardians, and teachers begin to make fewer decisions on our behalf.
Instead, we are expected to mature, to make (good) choices, and to take responsibility for our actions.
This happens because as we get older, we are the only ones who really have to face the consequences of any decision we make.
For instance, as kids, our parents would insist that we ate vegetables, because they wanted us to be healthy.
If we were to fall sick then, the expense and responsibility would be theirs to take care of us.
But as we get older, falling sick becomes only our expense and our burden.
Sure, our parents still love and want the best for us, but if we don’t make healthy choices, that’s on us.
We’d be the only ones responsible.
The pain and the suffering would be mainly ours to deal with.
So it’s obvious that as we get older, we become the primary humans in direct control of our lives.
And of course, we begin to act like it.
We make decisions and we make plans that aren’t up to anyone else to decide.
But then there’s God.
Does God even have plans for us?
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God is still making plans for us, even when we’re all grown up.
But in Jeremiah 29:11 God says:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Another version says:
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.Jeremiah 29:11 NIVUK
So we see that God indeed has a plan for us.
But we don’t allow just anyone to make plans for us… so why should we let God?
Why should we be willing to let go of all our own plans and accept His instead?
What makes someone’s advice trustworthy?
There are some reasons, whether conscious or subconscious, that lead us to trust a someone enough to buy what they recommend or to follow their advice.
Among other reasons, we do this because of two factors:
- Who they are
- Our own lack of expertise or knowledge
Who they are
One of the main reasons people trust the advice and recommendations of others is because of who they are.
From my own observation, there are 3 reasons that make some people more trustworthy than others:
1. Their relationship to you
For most people, family, and friends, guardians, and significant others, will always be more trustworthy than total strangers.
How close you are to the person also plays a role in how much you trust them.
For instance, you are more likely to trust your best friend with your secrets or to give you sound advice than a friend you aren’t as close to.
In the same way, you are more likely to trust the recommendations of ‘influencers’ that you’ve been following for a long time, or who you feel like you can relate to, than an influencer you just discovered.
2. Their qualifications
Of course, qualifications are super important for trusting someone’s advice.
Most times, we trust a person’s advice because we believe they are qualified to know what they are talking about.
There are 3 ways persons can become ‘qualified’ in our eyes:
1. Through formal training & education
A doctor, for example, studies and trains for many years before they can become fully qualified.
So, when it comes to your health, you are more likely to trust a doctor’s advice because they are qualified in that area.
There are many other professions, such as nursing and firefighting who also require persons to receive formal training before they are considered to be qualified.
2. By experience
Persons may also become qualified by experience.
The advice or recommendations of persons who have spent years driving, cooking, or parenting, for example, will be considered more trustworthy and effective than those who are new in the field.
This is because they have years of experience in their field and they know what they are talking about.
3. By results
Lastly, persons are considered to be qualified through the results they produce.
You are more likely to trust someone’s advice or recommendation if you know it has worked for them or for others.
For instance, the advice of persons in fitness is considered more trustworthy if they have been successfully able to transform their own bodies or others through a workout guide or regime they recommend.
We also see this all the time in magazines or videos where someone’s beauty secrets or daily routine are recommended because they are considered to be attractive or successful.
Other niches where persons gain influence through their results are the personal finance, hair, cooking and skincare niches.
3. Their characteristics/personality
As much as qualifications are important, a person’s personality traits play a huge role in their trustworthiness.
Someone who is considered to be genuinely kind, helpful, and who seems to be working in our best interest will always be considered more trustworthy than someone who is the opposite.
Of course, this isn’t at all new — we are always a little suspicious of the intentions of someone who suddenly acts nice to us, after doing the opposite for years.
Regardless of relationships or qualifications, we don’t usually want to follow the advice of someone who we believe has negative personality traits.
(Or at least traits opposite to what we value.)
And we see this in social media all the time: an influencer or celebrity who is discovered to be dishonest, racist, cruel, ungrateful, etc — doesn’t only lose followers, they lose their trustworthiness.
Our lack of expertise or knowledge
Another reason we may trust another person’s advice is because we don’t feel like we are qualified or knowledgeable enough to advise ourselves in a certain aspect of our lives.
For example, I’ll be the first to admit that I am close to clueless when it comes to skincare. I also don’t have perfect skin, so I think I am much better off following the advice of a professional or someone who has achieved perfect skin instead of trying to figure it out on my own.
My lack of knowledge or expertise about skincare means that I can’t rely on my own advice in that regard.
Is God’s plan trustworthy?
So, why does all of this matter?
First off, let’s establish that God’s plan for us is like Him giving us advice or a recommendation for our lives.
What I want to do in this post is to give us good reasons we can consider this recommendation (His plan) to be trustworthy.
We can do this using the same factors that we use to judge the trustworthiness of the advice and recommendations of other people.
So, for every point, I’ll give one reason we should trust His plan (because we can’t trust our own) and a reason why we can trust God’s plan (because of who He is).
Why we should and can trust God’s plan for our lives
Below are 6 reasons we can consider God’s plan to be trustworthy — we should and can trust it.
We don’t know what’s best for us
As I mentioned earlier, as we get older we are expected to make more and more of our own decisions.
But can you really say that all your decisions are good ones?
And how many times have you done something you regret?
For me, it’s more than I can count on my fingers and toes.
The truth is that we don’t always know what’s best for us.
What we believe is good is sometimes — often — the complete opposite.
We lack the knowledge and expertise to make good and informed decisions in every aspect of our lives.
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
While we may be able to make helpful decisions for ourselves in the short term (like on a daily basis), we aren’t qualified to make decisions and plans that are 100% best for us 100% of the time.
But there’s someone who is qualified:
In our minds and from our limited point of view, what we want for ourselves is always good and always makes perfect sense.
It becomes hard to trust God when what we want is seems so obviously good for us.
We fail to see the flaws and loopholes in the plans and decisions we make.
But how do we know that God’s plan is the best?
First, it’s really important to mention here that God’s idea of ‘the best’ might be farrrrr from what you consider the best to be.
But here are 3 of many reasons that God is qualified to know and decide what is truly best for us.
- knows the future: He already knows the outcome of what may initially seem like a good or terrible plan to us
- is wiser and more knowledgeable than we are: while we humans are still making discoveries about ourselves and the world, God already knows all things. God is knowledgeable on all aspects our lives — our health, relationships, finances and spiritual growth — and for this reason He is qualified to make informed and good plans for each of us.
- knows and loves us better than ourselves: In all aspects of our lives, God wants better for us than we want for ourselves.
We’ll discuss these points in more detail a little later in this post.
We should trust God’s plan for us because we don’t know what is truly best for us.
We can trust God’s plan because He alone is qualified to know and decide exactly what is truly best for us.
Life is unpredictable
Another reason to trust God’s plan is because life is unpredictable.
Let me explain.
Life can surprise us — but not always in a good way.
An example all of us can relate to: The COVID-19 Pandemic.
Many of us made plans for the year 2020 but none of us imagined that they’d be so rudely interrupted by something so beyond our control.
Weddings got postponed, birthday parties got canceled, homeschool became mandatory, and for a while, travel became virtually impossible.
Unfortunately, some people even lost their jobs and others, their lives.
Big or small, how many plans of yours actually came through the way you planned at the beginning of 2020?
I can’t think of many.
But here’s some old news: life’s unpredictability cancels plans and changes lives every single year.
Because we don’t know the future — because life is so unpredictable — there’s nothing we can do to ensure that any of our plans actually come through.
(And if our plans can be so easily canceled by matters out of our control…what are they really worth?)
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
I’m sure each of us would make very different plans if we knew what lay ahead each year.
We don’t have this ability — but, God does.
As we mentioned in the last point: God (alone) knows the future.
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says this:
Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done,Isaiah 46:9-10
Life doesn’t surprise God, because He already knows everything that will happen.
(And He knew it long before any of us were around.)
While life’s unpredictability may make our plans seem silly and even meaningless, the plan God has for us takes into consideration every event and moment we could never see coming.
We should trust God’s plan for us because we can’t trust our plans. There’s no assurance that they will ever happen.
We can trust God’s plan for us because life’s unpredictability doesn’t surprise Him. Unlike us, He knows the future and He plans for it.
Our timing is inaccurate
A plan without specific details of when it should begin or end isn’t really a clear or finalized plan because it lacks an essential component — time.
When it comes to making good plans, timing is key.
Some of us may struggle with lateness — so we already know our timing is off.
But compared to God’s timing, even early birds’ concept of time isn’t very accurate either.
(This is also the result of us not knowing the future.)
We may be able to set a time for a plan that occurs on a daily or even a weekly basis, but the further into the future our plans are, the less able we are to accurately determine the specific time any of them should begin or end.
For example, we are not qualified to determine that 2 years from now would be the best time for us to start a business, have a baby, or move to a new country because we don’t know what life 2 years from now would like.
So, we humans simply do not know what time is the best time.
But there is someone who does know — the creator of time.
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
A song I like is Four Days Late by Karen Peck & New River.
It’s about the story of Lazarus (John 11:6 – 44) where it appeared that if Jesus had only shown up sooner, everything would be fine.
But we see particularly in verse 14 that this was all part of Jesus’ plan.
“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe…”John 11:14
The song says: “Isn’t it great, when He’s four days late, He’s still on time.“
Even though it seemed like He was late to everyone else, Jesus showed up at the perfect time, to strengthen the faith of all those around Him.
Remember that God’s timing isn’t in sync with ours — His is perfect and always accurate!
Even when it appears otherwise, remember that God’s plans are always on time.
We should trust God’s plan because our idea of time isn’t very accurate. Whether we tend to be late or early, our timing is off.
We can trust God’s plan because He has perfect and accurate timing and can never be late.
Humans are limited beings
In addition to time, a good plan must also contain some other elements.
According to Googlesir.com an effective plan is “a plan which is capable of achieving the predetermined objectives and goals.”
Among other things, it must be future-oriented, flexible and based on reliable data and facts.
But we humans are limited beings.
Other than our inability to know the future (which we already know would be a game changer when making plans), we are also limited in our:
- ability — we can’t do everything
- knowledge — we don’t know everything
- location — we can’t be everywhere at the same time
Of course, it isn’t necessary for us to have all these abilities — we can all live a happy and fulfilling life without them.
However, when it comes to making plans for ourselves, these limitations are crippling in a sense.
They prevent us from making those good and effective plans that Googlesir.com speaks about.
So what do we do then?
Do we try to learn how to do those things?
Of course not, because that would be impossible.
What we can do, however, is to understand that the plans we make a flawed and that we can only really trust the plan of someone who already knows all things.
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present — everywhere.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in seemingly hopeless situations. Nothing seems to be working out and positive change seems out of reach.
Circumstances like these can sometimes cause us to begin to plan our lives from that limited point of view, thinking only of our current dismal circumstance.
But God’s plans for us aren’t limited by our circumstances because He has the power to transform any situation.
Matthew 19:26 says:
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”Matthew 19:26
As I mentioned before, we humans are still discovering things about ourselves, about the Earth, and about the universe.
Maybe in 100 years, we’ll still be making ‘new’ discoveries.
But God already knows all things.
Isaiah 40:13-14 (ERV) says:
Who could know the Lord’s mind? Who could be his teacher or give him advice? Did the Lord ask for anyone’s help? Did anyone teach him to be fair? Did anyone teach him knowledge? Did anyone teach him to be wise?Isaiah 40:13-14 (ERV)
Matthew 10: 30 says that even their hairs on our heads are numbered!
God is therefore qualified to make good and informed plans for our lives.
Sometimes God’s plan involves moving us to a new location whether it’s a new neighborhood, new office, new school, or a new country.
While we are limited in location, God can go before us and make preparations for us in a place we have never been, seen or even heard of.
Psalms 139: 7 – 12 (ERV) says:
Your Spirit is everywhere I go. I cannot escape your presence. If I go up to heaven, you will be there. If I go down to the place of death, you will be there. If I go east where the sun rises or go to live in the west beyond the sea, even there you will take my hand and lead me.
Your strong right hand will protect me.
Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said, “Surely the darkness will hide me. The day will change to night and cover me.” Even the darkness is not dark to you. The night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same.Psalms 139: 7 – 12 (ERV)
So we see that God’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence qualifies Him as an able God!
He is fully able to do everything necessary to execute the very best plan for you.
We should trust God’s plan because we are limited beings and therefore cannot make truly good and effective plans.
We can trust God’s plan because He isn’t limited by anything. He fully capable to make good and informed plans for our lives.
God loves us more
Want to know why self care is so huge these days?
It’s because we really don’t love ourselves the way we should.
Truly loving ourselves isn’t about being vain or selfish, but about making choices that are the best for our health, finances, relationships and spiritual growth.
Whether we do it consciously or not, the truth is that most of us fail to make good choices for ourselves 100% of the time.
We sometimes do this even when we know what is the better choice.
But when you really love someone, you always try to do what’s best for them.
For example, particularly when their children are young, good parents always try to make decisions that they believe are best for their kids.
They aim to provide what they believe will make their kids healthy and happy in the future — even if they didn’t have these privileges when they were growing up.
Some parents sacrifice their food and comfort and some work multiple jobs just to provide the best for their families.
That is real love.
When it comes to making decisions and plans for our lives, we all need someone who loves us so much that they make good choices, not sometimes, but every single time.
Thankfully, someone like that exists.
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
Have you ever felt like you were more concerned about someone’s wellbeing than they were about themselves?
That’s the way it is with God and us, His children.
The Bible tells us over and over that God is our heavenly Father who loves us more than we could imagine.
Matthew 7:11 (NIV) actually tells us that God loves us more than an earthly father ever could:
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
And if we go back to Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV), we see that God plans are only for our good.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV)
These are just a few verses that prove that God loves us more.
More than anyone you can think of and more than you could ever love yourself.
As we mentioned earlier, when we humans love someone we always try to make decisions that are best for them.
Sadly, our love is conditional and our knowledge of what is best is limited — we can only try to make good choices.
But God’s love is real, pure and unconditional. He doesn’t even have to try to make good decisions for us.
As we saw throughout this post, God is more than able and qualified to know what is best for us and He loves us enough to do the best in our lives — if we let Him.
We should trust God’s plan because we don’t love ourselves enough to make decisions that are good for us 100% of the time.
We can trust God’s plan because He loves us more — more than we could ever love ourselves — and is always willing to make good plans for us.
From earlier than we’d like, we discover that life doesn’t always go as we plan.
By the time we’re in our twenties, we know this so well that the very plans we make tend to stress us out.
We get nervous when the ‘deadline’ of our plans draws near with no sign of it becoming a reality.
We worry that what we hoped for may never come to pass.
This sometimes discourages us, sometimes makes us blind to the blessings of our current situation and other times leaves overwhelmed and burnt out as we try to take matters into our own hands.
Depending solely on your own plans with no guarantee that it will ever come to pass, is like trying to meet a friend at a certain location by a certain time, but with no idea how to get there or exactly where you’re going.
S t r e s s f u l.
But putting your trust in God’s plan instead, is like calling that friend to pick you up and take you where you need to be.
Suddenly, all the details about where to go or how to get there aren’t yours to worry about.
Suddenly you have peace.
Why we can trust God’s plan for our lives
If you struggle to trust God’s plan, think about this:
the future was never meant to be yours to worry about.
In Matthew 6:34 God says not to worry about tomorrow.
If God tells us not to worry about tomorrow, then we shouldn’t worry about next week, next month, next year and definitely not years down the line.
We can make plans, but in the end, we know that whatever happens is for our good.
Learning to trust God’s plan for our lives gives us peace.
We don’t need to stress over how things will work out or worry about the unknown.
God will take care of it all.
We should trust God’s plan, because it gives us peace.
We can trust His plan because He promises that He will take care of everything if we only trust Him.
Now that you know why you should trust God’s plan, you can learn how to trust it by reading this post: God’s plan vs your plan
As we get older, we begin to make more and more of our own decisions — without the input of anyone else.
Because of this, it can be hard to understand why we should let God take control and make decisions and plans for our lives.
But by carefully considering the points in this post, we can gain a better understanding of why we should and can trust God’s plan for our lives.