So, why am I sharing this? Because I have been feeling for a couple of days that the Lord was prompting me to write and tell someone that before you were born, God already had a plan for your life. Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:11
“In whom also we have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,”
That verse from The Living Bible puts it this ways:
"All things happen just as He decided long ago."
Notice, it says "all things". That includes the things you and I don’t like and maybe even want to run from! Remember the story in the Bible when Jonah tried to run from God and go to Tarshish, God said: (my paraphrase) "No way. My plan is in place. If I let you escape I wouldn't be God. If I have to I'll send a storm, rock your boat and put your life on hold in order to accomplish My purpose."
And of course we remember how that when Jonah could go no lower he prayed and God answered him, just in time for him to go and preach in Nineveh, his original destination that God had pointed him toward. The point is, we can go the easy way or the hard way, but eventually you will go, or your life will be miserable!
The Psalmist said, "Your way...is in the sanctuary...Your way was in the sea [storm]" (Ps 77:13 & 19 NKJV). The point that I am trying to make is that you do have a choice. You can go God’s way, or you can go your way, but when you go yours, there is a lot more heartache and pain, and the reality is that we have brought it upon ourselves. But the choice is yours.
Understand this: You have been picked for a purpose. And you need to recognize that God has too much invested in you to let you get away with the things that “self” is trying to get you to do. He will send storms your way and even sink your ship if that is what it takes to get you to do what He has called you to do. If it means that you have to come on a stretcher… when He calls you'll come.
If you have to leave behind a relationship, or an addiction, or a personal agenda, you'll come.
And you'll know it's God, because you'll be willing to leave behind those things which now mean nothing, in order to live for those things which now mean everything.
So, for your own good, make up your mind to walk with Him all the way and follow His plan. Make a decision now to just do it God's way.