When I opened my Bible yesterday to find the verse(s) for today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems,” I found myself right in the middle of the book of Proverbs.
A wealth of great verses – an overabundance of wise words.
So what did God want me to see?
What was HIS “pick?”
And then, slowly but surely, one verse began to stand out.
“You can make many plans, but the LORD’S purpose will prevail.”
I venture to say that ALL of you have some form of a calendar – something that contains all the important appointments, meetings, reminders, dates, etc. - all those things that are an important part of life.
A calendar represents things we have done in the past, but ALSO some of our plans for the future.
This got me thinking about how we make plans.
We order our days.
But it is so important to remember that WE are not in control of our lives – we don’t even know the number of our days.
I’ll never forget my grandfather – my mom’s dad. Whenever he talked about future plans, he always added at the end, “Lord willing.”
“I’ll see you all next week when I come over for dinner, Lord willing.”
When I was younger, I thought he said it just out of habit, almost like a “good luck charm.” But as I grew older, and hopefully a little wiser, I came to see that he meant it from the bottom of his heart. He understood that he really wasn’t in control of his life – that God indeed directed him by His Divine Providence and His Sovereign Will.
Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” is a good reminder of this indisputable fact –
GOD IS IN CONTROL.
There really is NOTHING random in this life. Luck has nothing to do with it – nor does some disembodied force called FATE or KARMA.
The Bible speaks directly against ANY random, chance view of human life. Rather, the Bible itself is a magnificent testament to the overseeing eye of a loving God, actively involved in humanity and events on earth.
The Bible is a literary “rainbow” – a story that starts in the Beginning, and spans over the entire course of history, to the very end of time.
Each of our steps is guided by God.
Nothing comes as a surprise to the Father. He has lived our calendar. And every twist and turn along the way serves a purpose in His overall plan.
GOD WILL ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES!
Is it wrong to make plans? No, I think planning is important. Organization is a good thing – goals are necessary. I think a good guideline is this:
“Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year’…How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?...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 plans…”
We can plan ahead, but we must hold on to our plans loosely. We must put God’s desires at the center of our planning. He is in control. His purpose will prevail.
Live for God today!
I look forward to being with you again next Sunday for another “Bible Pick ‘Ems”…
"When in doubt, search God out!"