Do your plans for yourself match God's plan for you? Are you counting on God to help you reach your goals and make your dreams come true? What will happen if God doesn't have the same plan for you that you have for yourself? Do we give the impression that if we are faithful to God, He will give us everything we want? If we are faithful and rely on God, He gives us what we need.
He leads us to his goals for us rather than our own. And that's a good thing. God knows better than we do what will truly make us happy. He gives us what he knows will bring us happiness, not what we think will.
We believe that God will help us reach the goals we set. When that doesn't happen, we wonder why God let us down. But God hasn't let us down. He is just leading us toward the goal that He has set for us rather than the goal we have set for ourselves. Continue in faith, and God will lead you to rewards greater than you even imagined.
Oswald Chambers wrote: "We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something, and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God's purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite."