How easy is it to miss God’s will for your life, even though God has it already planned out?  Apparently, it’s easier than we think, and sadly many people are doing so. Of utmost concern to me is that you or I will not miss God’s will.  It is written in 2 Peter 3:9; The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But, will all come to repentance?  Certainly not, therefore they have completely missed the perfect will of God.  So what are we to do then, for we have no control over other people’s lives, only our own?
Some will even go so far as to say they have no control even over their own life; they just deal with whatever “happens” along the way.  And they use that for an excuse for passivity, absolving themselves of all responsibility for whatever happens; “que sera, sera”, “what will be, will be.” Sorry, that just doesn’t hold water. You WILL be held accountable for your choices, like it or not.  God tells us in Deuteronomy 30:19-20; I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Remember when you were in school, and the teacher was giving you a test?  How many times did the teacher give you the answer sheet with the test, to make sure you would pass it?  Never?   Yet, God set a test before the people in Deuteronomy 30:19, and GAVE THEM THE CORRECT ANSWER!!  CHOOSE LIFE!!  And all through the Word of God, we are given the answers to all the issues of life, the RIGHT answers that will make sure we succeed and excel in all we do, but we must CHOOSE to USE those answers.
Let us consider the story of Samson.  God had a plan for him from before the time he was even born.  We can read about it in Judges chapter 13.  I’ll just use the first five verses, but you need to read the next few chapters to get the whole picture.
Jdg 13:1  And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Jdg 13:2  And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
Jdg 13:3  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
Jdg 13:4  Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
Jdg 13:5  For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Pay close attention here, we see how the angel of God told Manoah the child his barren wife would bare was anointed of God from the womb, that He had a plan for Samson to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Philistines.  That was GOD’S plan for Samson and for Israel. But as Samson grew up, he was to separate himself for God’s service, but instead he grew too cozy with the ways of the world.  That happens to lots of people, not only today, but all through history.  What is REALLY sad, is that we read about these things in the Bible, and say, “Aw, that won’t happen to ME, I’ll fulfill God’s plan for my life.” But sure enough, we get our eyes on the world and God’s plan goes out the window.  Uh, what happened?   We let our OWN will decide the plan, instead of following God’s leading, never realizing the dire effects our wrong decisions have not only on our own lives, but those of future generations as well.  For example, we are all suffering for Eve’s bad choice of eating the forbidden fruit, and we weren’t even there!  Too often we fail to realize the future repercussion of our choices.  Just think, had sin never entered the world through mankind, Adam would still be alive today and we could meet him, and we would ALL be living the good life, free from sin, sickness, poverty and oppression.  But ONE bad decision ruined it for all of us; just ONE bad decision started this mess.
Going back to Samson, let’s read some more about him.  He wasn’t willing to obey his parents, who counseled him to choose a wife from his own people, but insisted on a Philistine girl for a wife!  Remember, God had anointed Samson to FREE Israel from the Philistines, and here he wanted to marry one of the very oppressors God created him to destroy.  What kind of dumb was that, anyway?  Well, let’s read and find out.
Jdg 13:24  And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
Jdg 13:25  And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Jdg 14:1  And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
Jdg 14:2  And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
Jdg 14:3  Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
Jdg 14:4  But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
Jdg 14:5  Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
Jdg 14:6  And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.
Jdg 14:7  And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
Jdg 14:8  And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
Jdg 14:9  And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
Something of note here is that Israelites were commanded not to touch a dead body, yet Samson gathered honey out of a dead lion’s carcase, and further sinned by giving the honey to his parents, causing THEM to sin unknowingly.  And that was just the beginning of Samson’s errors.  Long story short, Samson’s life story is covered through chapters 13 through 16, and though Samson killed at least over four thousand of the Philistines, because of his disobedience, he failed to entirely fulfill God’s will that would have resulted in their entire destruction.
Now, think about YOUR life, what has God wanted YOU to do that you have chosen to delay, compromise or simply disobey Him in?  Indeed, God DOES have a good and perfect plan for your life; to bless you, increase you and lead you into an abundant life, but will your choices make you miss God’s perfect plan?  Think about that very carefully.  If your life is not bearing the fruit of an abundant life, then God’s plan has not been followed.  Now don’t get me wrong; when I say “abundant”, I’m not necessarily talking about “rich”, for He didn’t promise to make us all rich.  But the Lord Jesus said in John 10:10, The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; but I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I can safely say “life more abundantly” is God’s plan for you.  Whether or not you are living it depends solely upon your obedience to God.  Is it possible to miss God’s will?  Certainly!  But is the price you will pay for doing so worth it? It sure wasn’t for Samson!  And it won’t be for you, either.  Do yourself a favor: DON’T MISS GOD’S WILL.