Making plans without God

Anyone out there a planner?

Me too.

When it comes to fun, planning is half of it. Or more than half.

I spend more time than I’d care to admit online, planning things.

There are vacations, outings, birthdays, holidays. The list goes on.

Most of the time this is great. Planning is necessary and the Internet is a creative source to rev up my idea bank.

But there are times when plans, dare I say even my best-laid ones, conflict with following God.

There is a verse that many Christians love to quote:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.”

But there’s a catch. The second half to the verse says,

“but you would have none of it.”


Here’s the context,

“Woe to the obstinate children… to those who carry out plans that are not mine.”

God’s people became afraid and wanted to make an alliance with Egypt. But they had not asked God if they should.

In fact, they had told the people God sent to speak to them to shut up and change God’s message. They wanted their own way and they wanted “God” to rubber stamp it.

I know beyond any doubt that I, too, am inclined to go my own way.

There are daily conflicts, like whether I’m going to seek God with my whole heart or just spend time on Facebook, in the kitchen, or whatever.

And there are larger conflicts, like whether I’m going to trust God for the next unknown step or take things into my own hands.

For planners like me, this conflict runs deep — all the way to the core.

Today during prayer I knew I needed to make a choice.

I chose to trust God. To let Him direct my life. To lay my plans down.

It’s tough, but I’m waiting.

Salvation and strength are simply too good to pass up.


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