Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and Now, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:17-20 ESV

When plans change

In this passage, Paul is writing to the Corinthians in regards to his change of plans. Paul had been planning to travel to Macedonia before Corinth, but his course changed. There were people in Corinth who opposed Paul, and they had accused him of being indecisive and inconsistent. Paul’s purpose in writing this is to explain to the church at Corinth that even when his human plans change, that doesn’t mean that God’s plan has changed. He wanted to stress to the believers that God is faithful and true in His will.

The knowledge that God’s plan is unchanging should provide immense relief. We, as humans, have a lot of ideas and plans that don’t always go our way. We can never see the big picture and the only thing that we can control is ourselves, so our plans often don’t work out exactly how we thought. But it should be extremely comforting to know that God’s will is perfect and He is never indecisive. 

Don't be afraid of making the wrong choice

College is all about decisions. You will make decisions that will determine a lot of what the rest of your life will look like. It can be extremely stressful to try to decide on a major, to decide on classes, to decide on summer jobs and internships. There is always the fear of making the wrong choice, or not committing hard enough to one decision. My encouragement to you is that God already knows what the next few years of college will look like for you. Even if your plans don’t go as you think they should, it is all in accordance with God’s will, for His glory. 

Some practical steps

Here are two practical things you can do to help align your heart with the will of God:

1. Read stories in Scripture that show God is in control. Paul’s entire testimony is a great example of how God’s plan is different than human plans.

2. Pray daily that the Lord would speak to you and reveal his plan to you. He promises to work all things together for good, and His promises are all Yes in him.

-Hunter MacInnis