Whether you’re a tight-schedule planner or you’ve got more of a spontaneous personality, we all plan in one way or another. Whether it’s small plans like what you’re doing this weekend or big plans like what career route to follow or who to marry, planning is something we do every day. If we’re honest, inviting God into our plans or committing those plans to Him may not be something we do consciously or maybe even ever. Usually, it’s when those plans don’t go as we hoped, that we turn to God and ask for His help and guidance.
In our text: James 4: 13-15, James (Jesus’ brother) is writing to the early Christians (and us), reminding us that no matter how well mapped our plans are, we have no idea what our lives will look like tomorrow, much less next year. We therefore shouldn’t put our trust in our plans or abilities but rather realise that our tomorrows are in God’s hands and so desire His will, which simply is His intentions and plans for our lives to come about more than we want our plans to.
We sometimes find it difficult to trust God’s plans for us because we think His will for us will never be what we want and we’re scared that He’ll want us to do things we don’t want to do. But this is God’s heart towards us in Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG). He says to you “I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future YOU hope for.”
God doesn’t want to control our lives, He wants us to trust Him with every part of our lives and we do this by committing and inviting Him into our everyday plans and trusting in His good, good plans for us.
Proverbs 16 v 13 (AMP) says “Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to (accept) His will and guidance].” The Passion translation says “Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.
Today, I pray that as you read this, you become fully aware how much God wants to bless your plans and make them successful if you would commit them to Him and invite His help, guidance and will regarding them.
God bless you!