Worry is my biggest weakness, but it is only one item on a list of things with which I struggle. A close second, especially lately, is lack of trust. Along with that sometimes comes a lack of patience and a bad attitude. I’m a planner. I like to be organized and prepared. I have wishes and dreams and a timeline in my head of when I want them to happen.
The problem with the first paragraph of this post is that it’s all about me. It’s what I want and what I expect to happen. That’s not how I need to be. Because life is not about me and my plans and what I want. As a Christian, my life should be about serving God and doing His will. Being a planner is not a bad thing, but I have to make sure that it fits in the standard of God’s Word with which I must measure everything in my life. It’s time for me to take a good, honest look at what the Bible says about planning.
Writing down “pay bills” on my calendar for tomorrow is innocent enough. It’s something I need to remember and need to do in order to not face the consequences that come from not paying your bills on time. This simple plan can become less innocent though depending on my attitude. James 4:13-16 speaks of the folly in boasting about tomorrow. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. When I’m making my plans, I have to make sure I recognize that God’s Will is above anything I plan to do. I can’t let myself have the attitude that I’m in control.
God’s plans are greater than my plans. There are 3 verses that I try to keep in mind when I’m planning.
Jeremiah 10:23 “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.”
I can have all the plans I want, but God’s plans are what counts. God’s plan for man is for man to have a relationship with Him. That’s what matters. I don’t fully understand God’s providence, but I do know that God is in control.
While I’m living my life here, it’s such a comfort to know that I don’t have to do this alone. I don’t have to lean on my own understanding, but I can put all my faith and trust in God (Proverbs 3:5). I often forget to do that, and that’s something I need to change. Life is not about my plans but His plans.