When Plans Don't Go As Planned
- Thursday, June 11, 2009
Don’t live your life in what “could have been,” feeling as if your days have passed, live expecting the unforeseen by a God who knows you, loves you and created you. Allow Him to handle the logistics of time and place in your life.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days (Psalms 90:14).
My plans are [not] shattered
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).
This frequently quoted passage attests to the Lord’s omnipotence, although it is perhaps cited more often as consolation after one's hopes and plans go astray.
My tendency to have many plans not only disappoints from having them unrealized, but also a risk of focusing on my desires and my timetable rather than seeking the Lord’s.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).
To commit means to put in charge or entrust. I find it easy to include the Lord in my everyday life, but more difficult to completely hand it over to him and not worry. Unless your plans are committed to and aligned with the Lord, they will not succeed to the extent they could with the Lord’s blessing.
Have you committed whatever you do to the Lord? Have you sought after the Lord’s direction and purpose for your life? Have you heard his voice and accepted His ways?
The frequent attacks by the world telling us we need to take control of our lives and live by the world’s agenda are only the plans of the enemy to make us feel dissatisfied. Commit whatever and everything you do to the Lord and he will satisfy your needs.
Sometimes we forget the Lord’s purpose will always prevail despite our best plans and ourselves.
You can have the desires of your heart
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4).
Nothing seems further from where America’s values are headed than what this verse instructs us to do. We are encouraged to delight ourselves in ourselves by obtaining what we want even if we can’t afford it, to do what we want if it feels right, and to change foundational truths if it confirms the way we want to live.
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes that living this way (apart from God) is “all meaningless.”
Although Gideon found his desires to be in line with those of the Lord, he was shown the Lord accomplishes His desires in unique ways, by fighting tens of thousands of men with 300.
If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength (Judges 7:2).
Oftentimes, God works in unusual ways from what we expect, plan or desire for this very reason—that we will not be able to boast we did it by our own strength and ability. If we are successful in accomplishing our desires in the way we planned, our mortal tendency would be to believe it was because of ourselves, not of God.
In order to truly worship and serve God in the way he created us to, our focus won’t be on our own wishes and our own ways, but rather on his. In addition, our dissatisfaction won’t come from not getting what we want, but rather from not fully living out our lives for the Lord.
If we spend each day with a heart of gratefulness, acknowledging the little, often unnoticed, blessings in our life, we will start to appreciate the goodness of the Lord and begin focusing on what we have rather than what we don’t.
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