How to Understand God’s Plan for You in a World of Confusion

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Tough circumstances of life always change our minds about God. They either tempt us to doubt what He’s promised, or they draw us closer to Him in faith. But we never stay the same.

How to Understand God's Plan for You in a World of Confusion

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God’s plan for your life is revealed and tested in times of struggle.

If you’re struggling today, don’t miss the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of God’s plan for you.

God’s Plan for Joseph (and You)

Despite his difficult years in Egypt, Joseph gave his sons Hebrew names, which revealed his continued faith in God.

  • In naming his firstborn “Manasseh,” Joseph gave God credit as the One who had made him forget the toil and the pain his family had brought him (Genesis 41:51).
  • Joseph’s second son he called “Ephraim,” meaning “fruitfulness,” for Joseph said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52).

But Egypt would become a land of affliction for more than just Joseph.

God’s Plan for Joseph’s Brothers (and You)

Just as God earlier used natural elements to bring Joseph to Egypt, so the Lord would use the same to bring all nations to Joseph—including the brothers who betrayed him.

  • God purposed to make the brothers fruitful (like Joseph) in a land of suffering.
  • But the Lord also first developed faithfulness in them such as Joseph had displayed.
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God’s Plan for You

Just as the thread of sovereignty continued to weave through the family of Joseph, so God loops His needle through our lives and draws us close to Him.

God’s plan for you includes the struggles you’re enduring today—as cruel as that may seem at first.

  • That doesn’t mean God approves the evil that was done to you.
  • It does mean God promises to use every experience of your life for your good—if you draw near to Him through Jesus Christ (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

It’s important we remember in our struggles that our goal lies outside of trying to understand God’s plan. He never asks that of us. Instead, He wants to see our trust in Him, through simple daily obedience, even in a land of affliction and confusion.

Both pain and prosperity require that we bow before God in humility, trust and dependence.

Your Decision Today

Tough circumstances of life always change our minds about God. They either tempt us to doubt what He’s promised, or they draw us closer to Him in faith.

But we never stay the same.

Choose to draw closer. He promises not to fail you.

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  • ashlee beck

    I am trusting God to bring my sons home from a Bulgarian orphanage. He has told them they are mine. The enemy is striking every chance he gets but I say hands off they are mine! God said in His word He would not break His covenant or alter the words from His lips so I am standing on that. They will come home! In Jesus name!! Be blessed
    Ashlee
    Continuingourjourney.blogspot.com

    • It really is tough, Ashlee, to trust God with our most-prized gifts—our children. Here’s a post I wrote about my own struggle to trust God with my daughters. An ongoing tension, to be sure, but God is faithful. Thanks for your comment. God bless.

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  • Erin

    I am trusting God, Source, the ultimate Creator to hear my prayer in this desperate time. I am trusting that God will make clear the right path of understanding for me so that i may know the way to go, Truth, and true Life… instead of being and feeling lost for all time, sifting through a cacophony of deception in order to find a glimpse of truth, and a bad death, meaning never having known the Truth.

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  • I am trusting God to work in the hearts of my sons to desire to follow Him. I sow and sow and they rebel and rebel. Only God can cause the seeds I plant and water to grow.

    • Never give up, Seana. Part of sowing includes loving, gracious, consistent discipline as well. The harvest is coming. See Luke 18:1.

  • Christy E Vinson

    It’s really hard to understand God’s plan.. my brother who is a very good man . Has had a hard life . Lost his only child to drugs 3 years ago.His heart was hurting. He lost the one thing he loved the most. He loves the Lord . He got on drugs and now may be spending the rest of his life in prison. I can’t understand how this could happen. My heart hurts so bad for him. Now what????????

    • I’ve been there too, Christy. Life will hand you what seems like a raw deal. Solutions seem as gnarled as the olive trunks in Gethsemane. And when God’s will for you seems cruel to you and anything but good, you will wage no greater battle than the surrender of your will. I promise you, surrendering your will to God lies at the very core of whatever grieves you. And surrendering in absolute trust to the Father—as Jesus did in Gethsemane—remains the only path to peace. Especially when you can make no sense of it all. What do we do? We trust.

  • Lisa Price

    Wayne, I just got back from vacation during which I read
    your book, “Waiting on God.” I’ve read many Christian books
    over the years, and have my favorites. Your book is now one of them. I
    wish you’d written it 20 years ago! Your insights on waiting and, more
    importantly, the true definition of “significance”, were
    powerful. As Mary Graham stated in the foreword section, the book
    (for me) was life-changing. THANK YOU! I PRAY that you plan to continue writing.
    Your practical, “keep-it-real” style – blended with your obvious
    biblical knowledge – is extremely refreshing and effective.

    • Good to hear from you, Lisa.

      Thank you for your kind words about my book and for sharing such an exciting testimony. I am humbled (and amazed) that you have found such value in what I write. I’m so glad my writing has encouraged your walk with God. Thank you for taking time to write me about it.
      May the Lord bless you as you wait on Him.

      God bless,

      Wayne Stiles

      PS Check out my brand new web site, http://www.walkingthebiblelands.com where I give virtual tours of biblical sites. You can become a Charter Member if you register before tomorrow. Thanks!

  • joel cherian

    Dear brother,
    I read your last article at a time of serious trouble and confusion in my life . I’ve read several blogs from you since I subscribed to your blog and all of them spoke in great detail to my circumstances and strengthened me greatly in the lord. Your last blog reflecting on Joseph’s life and the verses quoted struck my heart. I thank God for his wonderful love. He has definitely spoken to me through his servant (Wayne stills).

    Keep up the good work. God bless you.

    • Thank you, Joel. You might enjoy my whole new book on Joseph, called Waiting on God. May the Lord bless you as you wait on Him.

  • Michelle thick

    Im trusting God that my family will heal and reunite. That his plan will take place soon in my life. But As always you helped me with your 6 lessons from the holy land. That waiting doesn’t diminish me, anymore than a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. Woooo!!!! Helps. But you also said to think strategically and that stuck with me. I’ve been more observant and am more aware of watching for signs of what God wants me to do.
    Thanks
    God Bless

    • That’s great, Michelle. Yes, it’s tough to wait on the Lord for family reuniting. If you don’t yet have my book, Waiting on God, I think that would help as well. God bless.

  • Ivory Solomon

    A year ago I got laid off from work and at that time prior to the lay off life was going well for me and couldn’t have asked for anything else at that time. However following the lay off life seemed to get progressively more difficult. Having a hard time finding a job to eventually being evicted from where I was living to getting into a bad vehicle accident leaving me carless. I felt as if everything was being taken away from me. It’s like God was allowing me to go through all of this dark depressing sad things and I didn’t understand it. I am now living from house to house with family and I’ve given away all of my belongings to those who could use them trying to be a blessing to others in spite of the hell that I’m going through. I know that God wants us to solely rely on him and to not allow other things/people to make us feel valued. So maybe that is why he has allowed everything to be taken away. Another part says it’s the enemy’s way of trying to discourage me and get me into a corner where I feel alone and to begin to doubt God. I am praying and trying with every ounce of me to not allow that to happen but this is very hard. I just don’t know when things are going to get better and sometimes I do find myself doubting but I remind myself to continue to strive to trust God and know that he is doing a good work. One thing I don’t understand is why life can seem so easy for some people that aren’t even striving to serve Christ. Like everything comes easy to them. But for people like me, we have to fight for EVERYTHING!! Life is always a battle and struggle! I’ve been fighting for a good life since I was a child and nothing has come easy.

    • I’m sorry to hear your words, Ivory, and so sorry it’s such a challenge right now. I know that when we compare our lot with others, it’s tough to EVER make it seem balanced. I urge you to get involved with a good church small group who can support you with prayer and encouragement. Life is indeed a struggle, and it is so for more people than you would realize (including me). Just do the next right thing, and keep seeking Him— no matter how many setbacks you face.