Friday, January 25, 2013
Planning to a Fault
“The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart though all generations.” Ps. 33:10-11
Have you ever noticed how the best laid plans end up in the weeds? It doesn’t matter how much time has been invested, some plans never get off the ground. What was good in theory lacks in execution. Many times the reason for failure is because we never sought God’s thoughts on our endeavor. Anything worthy enough for our investment of time is worth hearing God’s view on the matter. Planning is a good thing when our plans support the Kingdom work which only God can reveal.
God will always use our intimate relationship with Him to reveal His nature, His purposes and His will. God invites us to join Him as His plans involve the overall will for the world, not just for our little world. It is through our intimate relationship with God that we discover the activities in which God is already working. Once we are invited into His plans He will reveal His purpose in the plan so we can adjust our knowledge and actions. Through shared time in the planning, He exposes His ways that best show the glory of God. If we are unable to let go of our ways to accomplish things, people will see a diluted version of success in our endeavors. The definition of foils is the prevention from attaining an end. If the work of our hands does not match the plans of God’s heart, we will not be successful in its attainment. To thwart is to oppose successfully and defeat the hopes and aspirations of some activity.
God will do what He says He will do and accomplish it in the manner in which He determines. God reveals Himself to show us He can be trusted and faithful. God reveals His purposes to invite us into whatever work He is already completing. God reveals His ways to us so we may know the path to take in completing our part of the work. All of this together will accomplish a faith-based walk which broadens our testimony and shows the handiwork of God in all things.