“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sinIsaiah 30:1 (ESV)
It’s important that whenever we carry out a plan – whether it be our own idea or someone else’s – that we first question whether it aligns with God’s will for our lives.
Plans that do not align with God’s typically end in futility or put us in jeopardy.
If one has embarked on a plan that is falling apart because it didn’t have God’s initial unction and blessing, the best course of action is to cease from further activity:
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.Isaiah 30:15 (ESV)
To ‘return and rest’ is so contrary to the spirit of the world which promotes being busy to fulfil one’s dreams and ambitions.
However, rather than digging a deeper hole for oneself, it’s really wiser to cut one’s losses, and to turn to God for help.