Know the Plans

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…
—Ephesians 1:18

God knew you before the foundation of the world. That means He knew every detail about your life before you were formed in your mother’s womb. That in itself fascinates me, but there’s even more. God knew all of the intricacies about you, such as your likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. He even knew what you would look like. Then God meticulously matched these attributes to a destiny and purpose tailored just for you.

The Bible says that we were handcrafted by God—His workmanship, purposed to accomplish good things that He set out in advance for us to do. Some people get all upset when they hear this and think that God is some kind of control freak, so they spend their lifetime fighting God’s will for their lives. They have gotten it all wrong. God is not trying to control them or manipulate them in any way. He wants to set them free to live a life that is so far above the rest that the difference is obvious to all.

We live in a world where we have to struggle and strive in order to produce anything, but God longs for us to be released from the bondage of toiling labor. That’s why He painstakingly laid out a future and purpose for each one of us. He not only personally designed our calling and destiny, but He tailor made it to compensate for our weaknesses and capitalize on our strengths. That way, the work of our hands will be multiplied. Not only that, but He also purposed for our life’s work to fulfill us and cause joy to rise up on the inside of us.

Then God set about one of the most personal and loving tasks ever found in Scripture. He went before each of us and set everything up for our success. He walked into our future and placed provision, favor, help and stockpiles of anointing to help us complete the race. God prepared everything in advance to assure we could succeed.

If God spent so much time and effort preparing our futures and setting in place the works we are to do, don’t you think it would be a good thing to know what He’s purposed for us? If our God planned destinies that will bring fulfillment and joy instead of the frustrating labor and pain of our own path, shouldn’t we be searching to find the hope He’s called us to? The answer is yes! All we have to do is ask. God will give us the wisdom and plan He has in store for us. When you ask, be prepared for the answer because He’s been awaiting your question. The answer has been prepared for a long time and He’ll release it to you when you inquire. If you already know, then get busy because your calling hasn’t changed. There is no greater joy than walking out the destiny that God has for your life, so ask and you will know the plans He has for you!

Scriptural Context
Ephesians 1:11-22

Concept Reinforcement
…for God’s gifts and his call are

—Romans 11:29

For we are God’s workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared
in advance for us to do.

—Ephesians 2:10

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask
God, who gives generously to all without finding
fault, and it will be given to him. But when
he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because
he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown
and tossed by the wind.

—James 1:5-6