Plans and Promises

We all approach life with all sorts of plans and promises, but only the plan and promises of God are sure to come to pass. If you look back in your own personal life, you could probably see that you made promises that were not fulfilled. Your intentions were right, but things never worked out as planned or as promised. What happened? Well, it is simply because it was not in the plan or will of God.

In Matthew 2: 7-8 King Herod and the wise men agreed on finding the baby Jesus. In this Scripture the Bible says, “Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also” (KJV‬).‬ King Herod asked the wise men to bring him word, but really any King whose intention is to worship another King is something that raises a “red flag”. Herod’s intention was to kill baby Jesus, but God could not allow that to happen. God changed the outcome by instructing the wise men to go to their own country by using another way. 
The wise men could have hoped and felt obligated to come back to Herod with a word about the baby Jesus, but that could not have been in the will of God. They never knew Herod had the intention of killing the baby Jesus. God knew that Herod was intending to kill Jesus and that is the reason why he had to instruct the wise men to do his will instead. In a dream, God warned the wise men not to go back to King Herod. In Matthew 2: 12 the Bible says, “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way” (KJV). Sometimes this is what happens in our lives when we plan to do things with other people. We end up not seeing the fulfillment of those plans because of hidden agendas God will not allow. Now, did the wise men lie by not going back to Herod? Not at all, they instead did the will of God and what prevailed is what God wanted to happen.

A few years ago, I made plans and agreed with fellow ministers to be part of some ministry overseas. I had all the money I needed for the air ticket, but things were not falling in place as planned. One day God revealed to me about a major complex issue I would face if I went ahead with the plan and that is why I decided not to go. I did not attend that particular event that year, but I participated in a similar event a year later. When I finally got to the meetings, the Lord confirmed his previous warning. I broke my promise a year earlier like the wise men and did the will of God for a reason.

Beloved, What God instructs you to do should always take first place no matter how good your plan might be. The Lord will sometimes give you instructions to do something contrary to your previous plans in order to takes care of a serious situation. Herod could have labeled the wise men liars, but they obeyed God and the baby Jesus was saved from premature death.