“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
What are your plan’s for today? Plan’s for us are so important. How much would we get done if we didn’t have some form of plan? I was talking with my wife today and one of the many plans we could have laid out was what are we doing for dinner? Ironically, earlier in the day today, I begin to develop some kind of plan for that dinner. The first thing in a good plan is order. If you’re going to barbecue meat, you will need charcoal, lighter fluid to fuel the plan. Next you will need ingredients to bring the plan together; so I drove over to the store and picked up fresh bread, tomato, lettuce, and oh yeah the part of the plan that makes it all so good, the chocolate chip ice cream. The final touches of this plan are of course, what time to cook it, to bring it all together?
Unfortunately, not all plans are actually planned before the outcome occurs. I’ve kept a close eye in my prayers for the ongoing trials in Oklahoma, where just last week they were leveled with a massive tornado. Just a week later, when plans were in process for cleanup and recovery, another series of massive tornado’s swept through the same area, taking the lives of 24 more lives along with those lives taken in the first tornado. The difference maker in this round of storm however was different from the one the week before. This series of tornado’s packed hurricane’s wrapped around these massive tornado’s bringing with it massive flooding, and deaths. There will be times when we feel that things can’t get much worse. It appears that just about every step we take the plans that have comes become more intense, with great furor, threatening us to lose hope.
It seems to me, the more we plan in our lives, to secure our families from harm, from health related issues, the more I see just how vulnerable we are, and yet not so alone. God is watchful of all the events of the world we live in, He is mindful of all our plans. And yet, for most of us, we see our plans ‘go up in smoke’. Things aren’t turning out the way we planned them. Oh, we prayed over the plans, and for some, waited on God to secure the plans, and yet, we’re left ringing our hands in despair, not seeing the fruit or fulfillment of what we had planned out.
The real question to ponder today is, how do I go about defining success for my plans? How can I be sure, that my plans will reflect the will of God for my life, for my family?
I found a few answers in God’s Word.
1. Are my plans bringing glory to God for His grace?
2. Am I conciously committing, surrendering, my plans to God’s will for me?
3. Am I trusting in my plans that God will be glorified in them?
James 4:13 “Come now, those saying, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and spend a year there, and we will trade and will make a profit, who do not know of the morrow. For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears. Instead of you saying, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
The Bible clearly teaches us that it is not in our own power, that we have what it takes to properly guide our steps, we need God’s Safety Plan. Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but Jehovah directs his steps.”
And when we are ‘developing’ our plans, remember that God longs to bless us, and even empower us, but not for our own selfish ambitions, but for our Eternal good. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
And so, whether we miscue our plans, and forget to include God’s purpose in all our plans, we have a God who will see the eternal good of the plans, bear fruit and prosper, according to His will. Like Jesus said, we commit our plans and all our works unto the Lord as He say’s, “Not My will, Father, but Your will be done.”
The plans of our lives need to be carefully scrutinized not for the lack of success but upon how God is seen in those plans. Yes, God is even in the plans where our health may be severely challenged. I have to say that as I go through the plans God has presented to Patty and I, that He has a purposed plan, that will bring glory to Him, and with that glory, many others will learn to just accept the plans of God, whether what appears to be good or bad, He always knows what’s best, He holds our eternal future in His hands. What’s not to entrust In His plan, and watch it unfold in His love, mercy, and grace?
Here’s Today’s Video Encouragement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUi3WFt0Ux4