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Adjusting to God’s Plan

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Colossians 3:1-3

What does life at its best look like to you? You and I may have ideas of what that would mean for us, but there is only One who truly knows the worthiest course of action for our lives. He understands how to lead us to an existence that is truly fulfilling, but must sometimes work against our agendas to do so.

In fact, I have been a Christian for almost 70 years, and in all that time God has never once said to me, “What do you want to do?” He has always told me what He wanted me to do. Also, the Lord has never modified His plans to suit my purposes; instead He has always required that I adjust to His. The reason that He directs me and all other believers in the way we are to go is because He is God—perfect in all wisdom and knowledge. He knows what is best for us at all times.

Since our Father desires to be involved in every aspect of our life, He gives clear direction so that we can understand what His will is for every circumstance we encounter. By walking in the center of God’s will, we accomplish that which we were created to do. Inevitably, we also experience life at its best. Imperfect humans will not automatically be in God’s will, so we must make an effort to seek His way and live according to biblical precepts. God is immutable; He is not going to change to suit us. That means we must make whatever adjustments are necessary in order to be obedient.

Sadly, by deciding not to adjust to the Lord’s will, far too many Christians miss out on His best—He shows them what changes need to be made, but they balk. Consequently, these believers spend their life wondering why peace and a lasting sense of satisfaction eludes them, no matter how many great things they might do or experience. Only obedient living according to the Father’s plan makes it possible to attain genuine fulfillment.

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  • March 13, 2013 01:24 AM


    What if you do just what you TRULY believe God wants you to do, and you STILL feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied? I try with all my heart to do what I think He wants me to do, and all He seems to do is punish me for it and make me feel TERRIBLE. There's only been one time in my life when I was sure of what God wanted me to do, and things didn't work out at all like I truly believed they would. It was almost like God just pulled the rug out from under me and left me thinking "Is this the end? Now what am I supposed to do?" I have no clue what God's will is for me. I've REPEATEDLY asked Him to tell me, and all I get is silence.
  • January 07, 2013 12:39 PM


    Thank you for these life living lessons. robbie griffith
  • January 07, 2013 11:42 AM


    Twenty years ago when I was a young Christian and a young woman, the Lord told me one morning what He wanted me to do. It was in December 1992 and I'd just finished my last class to graduate college when He woke me up that morning and told me to do something that I'd not studied to do and had no desire to do. I told the Lord, "now you tell me" and flatly refused, because I had other plans, dreams and ambitions. I pursued my dreams, but it was all in vain. I'm in no better position today than I was the day I refused to obey the Lord.
    I wish I’d known then what I know now. I hate to think about what all I’ve missed because of rebellion. But given the chance, I won’t make that mistake again!
  • January 06, 2013 04:55 PM


    Thank You Father for being here for me--help me Father to follow Your Path for my life--my life is in Your Hand's--this day forward use me for Your eyes-hands-feet,give me peace that only you can give to obey Your Will for my life & not mine. I PRAISE YOU FATHER GOD FOR ALL BLESSINGS YESTERDAY-TODAY-FUTURE,ALL GLORY TO YOU FOREVER & EVER,Give me peace & comfort always to wait on You,AMEN.
  • January 06, 2013 09:53 AM


    Absolutely, great message. I have not been living acchording to and following God's plan for my life. I must do what he says to be in his will. I will from now on so that I can experience life at its best and get "off the shelf" that God has sat me on. Praise the Lord.
  • January 06, 2013 09:00 AM


    Thank you for clarifying certain doubts.

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