I am a planner. I make to-do lists. I put everything that’s happening in my calendar. And when my plans fall apart, so do I. At least a little bit.
Unfortunately, life is full of surprises and unanticipated bumps. And even though I usually act like I’m in charge, in reality I’m not. When it gets right down to it, I have no control. And that’s exactly the way it should be. Because if I’m totally honest, in the grand scheme of things I have no clue what I’m doing.
So, setting aside our own plans and ways to follow His just makes sense, doesn’t it? So how come I still so often fight to have my own way? Why do pout when my plans fall apart?
The Bible book of Proverbs is full of wisdom regarding our plans compared to the Almighty’s. Here’s a sampling:
- “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
- “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21
- “How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.” Proverbs 20:24
Oh, we are so limited in our human knowledge and understanding. But thankfully, our God is not limited! He sees all, knows what’s best, and has the power to accomplish it! On a world-wide scale and for you. Individually. Personally. You and God.
“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
Wow! Think about this. If you submit yourself to God’s authority in your life, He will not let you stumble or fall. He takes delight in caring for every detail of your life. Why in the world would we want to try to do it all ourselves?
Who would you rather follow? Someone who doesn’t know the future and has no power to intervene in or control the circumstances? (By the way, that’s you or me.) Or Someone who knows everything that lies ahead and has the sovereign and absolute power to intervene?
So, who you gonna follow?