Making A Good Plan A Great Plan
Okay maybe it’s not that funny. But it does speak to a problem we all have. We leave God out of our plans way too often.
In fact it’s not uncommon for us to only include God in our lives when things get really bad and we’re in the middle of a crisis. We have a tendency to put God out of our minds when life is good. Then when the stuff hits the fan we ask God where he’s been.
The truth is he never left. We did!
I love what James, the little brother of Jesus, has to say to us about making our own plans. He said, “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (James 4:13-17)
Do you know what we ought to do? Ask God to be part of our plans. It’s the best way to turn a good plan into a great plan.
Proverbs 19:21 tells us that “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Do you know what that means?
It means that no matter what our selfish plans are only God’s plans pan out perfectly. His purpose ALWAYS prevails.
So take some time today and lay your plans out before God. Tell him, “God, these are my plans. Would you please help me to align my plans with you purpose? I never want to be out of your will for my life.”
I think you’ll find that it will release you from a lot of anxiety and pressure. Because you’ll be resting in the fact that God always has the best plans and his plans ALWAYS succeed.
I’m praying for you,
Thank you for this beautiful insight about alignment using God's will first! It always makes sense to ask for God's will to be shown to us in all our decision making. I have always loved the Acronym WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? If you think about this first, chances are you'll make a more Godly decision. Thank you again Pastor Zac for your words to the wise! Amen!
Thanks for the encouragement Jason. You're so welcome!
Just what I needed ! Thank you.
God's perfect timing Karen!
Such a good reminder. Love it.
Thank you Reuben! Keep growing!
I enjoy reading this blog! Thanks Zac.