Accepting God’s Plans

May 11, 2020

Read Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”


Why is it sometimes hard to accept God’s plans? What holds us back?

The only way to live victoriously in the midst of life’s difficulties is by learning to accept, day by day, the actual conditions and tests permitted by God, by a continually repeated laying down of our own will and acceptance of His.

Sometimes we equate “acceptance” with an attitude of “anything goes”: I’ll accept any behavior my husband or children dish out. Instead, acceptance is embracing and dealing with the problem behavior while loving the person. For example, if you discover your son has a drug problem, acceptance is admitting and acknowledging that he has a drug problem. Nonacceptance of that fact is denying his drug use and pretending it doesn’t exist. If you’re accepting the problem, you are:
  • there to get him help, which may involve loving confrontation and arranging for treatment.
  • accepting him as a person, but not his inappropriate behavior.
  • setting boundaries at home.
  • listening to the needs of his heart and praying for him.

All the while, you are loving him unconditionally in that sickness; doing whatever common sense, the Bible, and reliable counsel advise you to do. None of the above includes being a doormat for your son, enabling his behavior and drug abuse to continue.

Acceptance doesn’t mean you quit praying and resign yourself to a negative future; it doesn’t mean becoming irresponsible or giving up. While it isn’t any of these things, it is realizing that you can trust God—trust Him to bring an answer, though perhaps not the answer you’d expected and to weave things into a pattern for good even out of the trying situation or problem. It is knowing that when you are tuned in to God and His Word, and asking Him, He will show you His part. But if there is nothing you can do to change today’s situation, acceptance is trusting God to get you through anything.

Acceptance is facing the storms of life with God’s peace, which will bring you into the reality of the now (instead of the far-off fantasy) and allow you to see more of what He’s doing and what He’s called you to today. At the same time, walking in this kind of acceptance and trust in God will drain away worry, fear, and anxiety.


Lord, help me to see You in the storms. Give me the courage to accept Your plans. Amen.

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Hey Pamela. Thanks for your question. I think what you are experiencing is common...sad, but common. I think you need to remember that Christ has made you a new creation and by His definition, you are now a masterpiece (Eph 2:10). That doesn't mean we are exempt from consequences of our sins, but it does mean we are forgiven and are no longer defined by those. So if someone is bringing up your past to bring you down, you need to evaluate the relationship and see if and what boundaries are required. Second, it'd be beneficial to turn back to God's Word as your reminder of who you are, not who you were. My prayer for you is that you will cling to God's truth when these moments happen.
Faith over Fear
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God help to me to accept you plans 🙏
Pamela I don’t know “what seems so wrong and that hinders your walk with God”. (But God knows.) I use to have to work with many ungodly people in a large manufacturing plant where I was a welder and I would try to be a witness to people but they always give me a hard time they always wanted to through it in my face! But that made me pray more. I learned about Mark in the Gospel and reading a Commentary “It said that Mark prayed so much that his knees were calloused like Camels knees” so I started praying more and I lead two people to the Lord in that place. I didn’t get callouses on my knees but I did learn from 1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. I will be praying for you!!!
Amen thank you Lord for your loving kindness over me
Something's seems so wrong and you try to deal with these issues that hinder your walk with God and you truly give it to our Heavenly Father and people, still through it up in your face. How do you move on from all that?
Lord not my will but you will be done in all my circumstances in Jesus name Amen
Lord, not my will, but Yours be done in all circumstances. Help me to be accepting of all that is good and pleasing to You, always remembering You have the final say, so I will not be fearful or discouraged. "Knowing all things work together for good to those who love God". Amen!
Amen ! Help me father to focus on you during my storms ! Help to never give up! When my prayers aren’t answered in my time give patience to wait in your time ! Give me wisdom and clarity in my decision making! Thank You! In Jesus name I pray Amen 🙏✝️
If people get in the way of you to read God's word, turn them over to God he can handle them over to the Lord he does a better job with them.
Timely counsel especially in these dark days that were in so his life will soon rise and we will come to a new day and we will see that's his purpose his plan for us through all of this is greater than we could ever imagine
Sometimes you have to be willing to let go of a person to get them back. God asked Abraham to put Isaac on the altar. That would literally have meant his son would have died, and God asked him to do that. The Lord as we know provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac, but Abraham had to BELIEVE in FAITH, and be willing to listen to God's voice. Abraham was willing to let his son go, and God knew his heart of faith, and therefore God provided a way out. A ram was provided. In the same way, in faith, do not be afraid to confront your son. Be firm with him, and it may mean that you "lose" him for a while, but you have to realize your being firm is done in love. You want the best for him. You love him.
Pray each day for him
It is hard but we need to accept it to grow
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Put your hope, understanding that God is in control of all things and plan your actions around that powerful truth. Your wisdom will grow and your knowledge of this powerful, loving God is always with you every step you make. Thank you Jesus! Amen
Jesus Christ I trust in You. Help me be obedient to Your will and not my will.
It has to do with love for Christ versus the world All the places in proverbs where bad company corrupts God morals, bad friends and the like. Any desire to be a friend of the world, makes himself an enemy of God It's a test of faith and obedience (Confessing Christ, willing to lose friends for His sake) In love explain your heart, potential consequences, the word of God, maybe share your struggles as a young person (thinking know better, desiring approval of friends) Isn't God's approval better? What's your (son's) payoff? Why do what he does? (Explain delayed gratification) May need emotional counseling
Same here my son has some friends that need God in their life as well and I get tired of nagging instead I put him/them in God's hands....we need to keep praying for them and wait on God's perfect timing....God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts...we need to be patient and trusting of Him as he's been with us.
If my son has some bad friends and habits that he can't leave easily and I prayed and it continue, what's the way forward?