Well Laid Plans
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
As human beings we are planners for the most part. We like to plan what we are going to eat, what we will be when we grow up, who we will marry, where we will live. I’m sure God had a plan before he set the earth in motion. Sometimes plans are successful and sometimes they fail; even the best laid plans.
A builder would never begin to build a house without a blueprint, and first counting the cost. (Luke 14:28)
Sometimes when we try so hard to plan ahead it can cause stress. Not that it isn’t good to set goals; however, it can cause us to become anxious and lose sight of God’s hand. (Philippians 4:6) Faith is the substance of things unseen…. (Hebrews 11:1)
“And now that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” – Psalm 37:23
The Lord has a plan for our lives, and he cares about every little detail, more than we think. We need to be open to hearing his word before we put our hands to the plow. To do this we need to be in communication with Him, and reading his words, they are there to guide us. Gods way is an easy narrow path, not a confusing one. (Matthew 7:14) So if you are in a wilderness of confusion, time to stop and ask for directions. God will never lead you astray, and He will never give you more than you can handle.
Assuredly we will make mistakes along the way, but God is always there to help us get back on track, and guide us toward his promises.
At times we are afraid to act on the plans that God has put into our hearts, because we feel we aren’t ready, or aren’t in the right place spiritually, physically or financially; however, if God puts something in your heart, He will always make a way. You are always perfectly situated for God’s best work. On our own, even the best laid plans can go wrong, but God never fails.
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” – Robert Burns