Trending Faith: Is It Possible to Sabotage God’s Plans?

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God clearly has a plan and a purpose for everyone’s life, but can we sabotage His plans?

On this week’s episode of Trending Faith, Dean of the College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, sat down with Grand Canyon University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin to answer this question.

Dr. Hiles began by saying we often experience tension between knowing God has a plan for our lives and feeling as though we have to find our own way in life.

For example, when it comes to making decisions such as where to live and who to marry, these things are not written for us in black and white. They require thought and application of biblical principles.

As Christians, we are often faced with a fear of messing up because we do not want to interfere with God’s plan.

Dr. Hiles brought up Deuteronomy 29:29, where Moses is speaking to the people of Israel and telling them the secret things belong to the Lord, but the things revealed belong to us to follow.

God has a sovereign plan, but we are not to become too caught up in this. God reveals to us what He would have for us, and this is where our responsibility lies.

Ultimately, He is the King and we are to let Him work through our lives. We are to respond with wisdom and submission to Him. The life of Jesus gives us the perfect example of this, as He aligned His life to the will of the Father.

As Christians, our goal should be to live this same way. When it comes to the decisions we make, we should not be paralyzed by the fear that we will mess up, but rather submit ourselves to God and His plan for our lives.

Hear the full discussion, as well as Pastor Tim’s response, below:

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