So you have a plan?

BY:  Elaine Willis


 BIBLE TEXT:  “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”  –Isaiah 46:10 

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  God is an outcome kind of God. He always speaks the end before the beginning. Look through scripture and see how many times God has shared the outcome and then directed things to that outcome. It is all over the scriptures. He has a plan and He has a purpose, but do we believe that for ourselves? Do we believe that God has called us for a purpose? He has called us for a life purpose, but I also believe He is seasonal in His purposes for us too.

For example, God told Joseph in a dream that he would rule over his brothers and father. Do you think he thought that would be the case when he was in slavery or prison? Probably not, but what he did know was how to be faithful in what God was doing with him. As he proved faithful in his character, even through his circumstances, God proved Joseph and Himself true before men.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  What outcome word has God given you for your life and for this season? How does He see you and where you are going? If you don’t have an outcome word then ask Him for one. He is faithful to tell you. He is our vine. He knows how to make us fruitful in every season.

An outcome word can help us to be more intentional in our direction. It can give us something to hold onto until He proves Himself true. It can help us avoid frustration in the journey. It can help us to pray about what is keeping us from moving into the fullness of what He believes about us and has spoken over us. He tells us the end before the beginning to help us along the way. We will get there He guarantees that. Everything along the way tests us and molds us into what He already sees.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to live from the outcome backward. Help us to see where we are already in Your Eyes. Lord give us your outcome word for our lives for this season and those to come. Thank you for keeping the outcome intact as we step into it. Thank you for giving us all we need to get there and using all the circumstances along the way to mold us. Thank you Lord that you see us in the fullness of the outcome you have planned for us.  Help us walk it out faithfully and in the fullness that You designed.  Amen


Elaine and Jon Willis have been married over 21 years. They have two boys:  Justus  and Jordan. The Willis family has lived in Mt. Juliet since 2003. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. She has counseled in many areas and settings. Her specialties are marriage, family, adolescents, and trauma. Jon and Elaine currently own and operate the Mathnasium, math learning centers in Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville. She is a licensed counselor in Tennessee and  is ordained by Powerhouse Ministries.

1 Comment

  1. by Giovanna

    On October 3, 2012

    I thought of Abraham. If anyone in the Bible had an “outcome word” it was him!

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