Today’s entry comes live from Express Laundromat in Port Jervis, NY. Why, well because it’s laundry day. See this was part of my plan for today. Last night, while we were running some errands, Catherine and I had a discussion about plans for the future where I let her in on the fact that I had a five-year plan. She responded with a very convicting, “Let’s just get through the next few days.” It made me really start to think about how often we make plans where what we plan may not necessarily be what the Lord plans.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
Today’s reading really brought home to me the idea of not making long and extended solid plans. I have OCD, not terrible mind you, but when I make plans and a wrench gets thrown into them, it throws me off. It can be anywhere from a few hours to even days that it takes my mind to get right again. All because I was so rigid in my own plans and didn’t consider mishaps, contingencies or simple human error.
Now, this is not to say making plans is not a good thing. It actually is important to keep yourself organized. However, let’s go to the Scriptures to see what the Lord has to say about making plans.
First we will go to the book of James:
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
And then in Proverbs
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs His steps.
So what is the key here? Well if you look at the commonality between the two verses, it should be obvious. Our plans need to line up with His plans for us. As I have said in previous entries, I often picture heaven as a giant office and every office has a planning department. My personal planning department is filled with at least 1,500 dry erase boards. Why? Well I’m human.
You see, God’s plans for us are infinitely better than our own. But we, as humans, repeatedly and often, gum up the works. We get impatient, we think we know better than God, or we simply don’t want to listen to Him. As Christians, we need to yield to His plans for us. He loves us and knows what’s best for us. We can’t get so caught up in our plans, that we don’t make sure they line up with His. If we do, our humanity will get the better of us and the enemy will use that against us. So before you plan, pray. After you plan, pray. While executing your plan, pray. Continually make sure your plans are still lining up with His after all, Romans 8:31 tells us, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”