“Okay God, what’s the plan?” It’s human nature, isn’t it? We want to have the full strategy laid out before us before we start. And that’s a good thing in certain situations. No builder would begin a house without a complete set of blueprints – down to the location of every wall socket and light switch. A smart business proposal outlines a long-term plan and prospectus for the success of a project. We set out a plan for the day, the week, the month, and the year – and even for years ahead, even though we don’t know how things will turn out in the end. Still, we want the whole picture.
But God doesn’t give us the whole picture. He gives us one step at a time, just as He did for the prophet Samuel. “The Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do.’ ” (1 Samuel 16:2,3)
He told the prophet to go to Bethlehem and prepare to make a sacrifice with Jesse and his sons. That’s it. “Do step one and I will show you step two.”
God delights in obedience – the kind that doesn’t wait for the full plan but willingly acts on each step as it’s given. I don’t know of anyone in the Bible – except Jesus – who knew details of God’s plan from beginning to end. God doesn’t expect you to complete the whole task in one grand push; He wants you to do the one thing He told you and wait for the next instruction. And He will not give you the next step until you are obedient to the first one. Besides, if you knew the whole plan you would a) be completely overwhelmed and/or b) set off doing things your own way which results in c) a mess.
Beloved, God has a plan – a very good plan, but it requires your daily, step-by-step obedience. You can trust Him – He will not forget you or leave you stranded. He will see you all the way through. Just determine to obey what you know to do – the rest will come – right on time and with the strength you need. Step by step by step.