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Session 10

God always has a better plan

Read: 2 Samuel 7:1-17

It’s often said that when we make plans, God laughs. Sometimes, we make plans without considering God at all. But other times, we think our plans make sense with what we think God wants to do with our lives. But, if we haven’t consulted with God about our plans, chances are He has something bigger and better in mind for us.

Israel’s King David enjoyed a special relationship with God. At this point in scripture—after countless battles, setbacks and retreats—David finally had a firm grasp of the throne. No matter the circumstance, David kept praising God, writing many beautiful works of praise to the true King.

God may steer your plans elsewhere, but His plans and purposes are always greater.

So when David realized God was just living in a tent for years while David was living in a palace, he knew something needed to be done (2 Samuel 7:2). David figured his next step would be to get to work on the temple, but God had better plans.

Rather than allow David to build God’s house, God assigned that to David’s successor, who would be one of David’s sons. What’s even more special is God declared David’s line would continue forever, as Jesus would eventually take the throne.

David never got to see the temple come to fruition during his lifetime, but he was assured of a greater honor—the promise of having his bloodline continue forever (2 Samuel 7:16).

God may steer your plans elsewhere, but His plans and purposes are always greater. And when we continually submit our plans to Him, He’ll turn those into greater blessings than we could ever hope for or imagine.

Reflect:

  • Think back to a plan that God has changed in your life. How did he change it?
  • What is one idea you have that you need to turn over to God?
  • What is one way you can submit your plans to God today?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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