God has a lot to say about our plans, those tasks and ideas that we come up with ourselves. All the amazing plans we can come up with are always subject to the sovereignty and authority of God. We see this is in Psalm 33:10-11; Proverbs 16:1-2,9; Proverbs 19:21.
I have a confession. Most of my plans wildly fail.
Everything from getting my house totally sparkling clean to meeting the spiritual needs of my friends and even myself sometimes, and even the smallest plans of taking a shower or working out. I know that no matter how good my intentions in waking up to the day, “life” always veers me off the course of my plan. This “life” I speak about is God re-ordering my day and subjecting me once again to the fact that my ideas are submissive to His plan.
Sometimes I really, really hate that. I’m that person who enjoys making a list and checking items/tasks off of it. I enjoy being in charge of my time and accomplishing everything I set out to do at the beginning of the day. This perspective is not really endorsed by our Creator however, even though He loves me just the way He created me. Sometimes I have the idea that He’s up there shaking his head and saying, “Let’s remind her of who’s plans are most important and help her learn these good lessons again. We’ll shake things up a bit.”
I am often convicted in my desire to control my life, to have things work out how I’ve planned & designed. This kind of thinking means that I think I know better than my Creator for how my plans & life should go. This is sin! This basically means that sometimes I tell God, “You don’t know what’s best for me, let me handle it.” It’s idolizing myself and my desires more than trusting God’s Word, character & faithfulness, allowing Him to be God in my life.
The lesson I keep getting to learn is that I need to loosen the grips on my time, efforts, ideas & plans. To lay aside my selfishness or desire to get everything done and taken care of, and instead trust God’s sovereignty and wisdom. I am thankful for these ongoing, repeated lessons because they continue to mold me and help me trust God more each time.
At the end of the day, I’m glad God interrupted my day and gave me a big reminder that He’s the one in charge and that I am always in need of the grace of the cross.
My to-do list is still waiting, it’s actually getting longer each hour. But I’m reminded that my life is about glorifying God in whatever I am doing each minute of the day, whether it’s checking tasks off a list or spending the day discipling and teaching my kids about what God says in His Word (while teaching them not to hit each other and pull hair).
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” – Matthew 16:24-26 (see also Luke 9:23-25)