Making Plans

Nothing is definite. Everything in transient. God is in control of every aspect of our lives, and yet we are forced to live with uncertainty. The Bible tells us that God knows even the number of hairs on our heads; that’s how close He is. He is behind every heartbeat, and every thought and emotion.

We can be certain of God’s existence, and of His intimate involvement in our lives, yet the truth is that God can alter the trajectory of our lives at any moment. How do we deal with this reality?

While our perspective is limited and veiled, God sees the bigger picture. Our problems may seem gigantic and painful and insurmountable, but to God there is a universe of infinite possibilities, and because He is in control, we are able to believe He can deliver us from the circumstances that trouble our minds, bodies, and spirits.

It is a great blessing to be aware that God exists. When God reveals Himself and begins to speak into our lives, our perspective shifts, and we live out each day focused on Him and in dependence on Him. The New Testament writer of the book of James knew this only too well:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16)

I do not see in the above scripture any instruction against thinking about the future, but rather a note of caution. Things might not turn out as you expect. As the proverb goes, when we make plans, God laughs.

So, in respect of this, knowing God is a double-edged sword. We gain security from the knowledge that God is in control, but we never know what each day will bring, which can be frightening and unsettling. I think all of this can be summed up in a single word which points us to the essential ingredient in this mysterious existence. That word is ‘faith’, and in a greater or lesser measure, we all must have it.

7 comments

  1. I’ve lived so long now (67 years) that I can look back on my life and contemplate it. In spite of all the sad and things, I would not ask God to change anything that happened. Even the reason for tragedies in my family is clear. I can see God’s widom in everything.

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