Here are three reasons or ways that God’s plan is much better than yours or mine and better for us.
He Sees the Future
A major part of the reason that God’s plan is far better than ours is that He can see the future and we cannot. We can’t even see into the next minute. At best, we can only take educated guesses, but God knows for certain what will happen tomorrow, next week, and years down the road. It’s like He can see around the blind corners of time. Isaiah writes about God, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10). So wouldn’t you want to trust God’s plan for your life over your own plan? That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?
His Ways Are Higher Than Ours
We think we know what’s best for our future, but God alone says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). My plans often blow up in my face, but “the plans of the LORD stand firm forever” (Psalm 33:11). How much higher or superior are God’s ways than mine? How about this for ways where God’s way is higher than ours: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
We Plan, He Directs
We might think we’re in charge of where we’re going, but the Word of God says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Prov. 16:9), and “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21). You think you are putting forth your own steps for the future, but “a person’s steps are directed by the LORD” (Prov. 20:24), whether you know it or not. Even Jeremiah understood that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps (Jer. 10:23).
There are surely more than three ways that God’s plan for our lives is better than ours, but these are three sure ways to know that were better off trusting God with our future than making our own plans. I’m not saying we shouldn’t plan for the future, but in the end, God’s ways are always higher, and His way always prevail. He knows the future; we do not.