Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Best Laid Plans

The only certainty in life is that life is uncertain. We never know, from one moment to the next, what God may have in store for us. Our God is eternal and in control of everything, everywhere, all of the time. Although we may have the utmost confidence in the plans He has for our lives, we must always be alert to His gentle guidance and compassionate care, and at times His stern discipline and chastening. We know that He has a plan for each of us and that it is a good and perfect plan.
But we must never become complacent and feel that we have more knowledge about our lives than He does. It is foolish to chart a course for ourselves, close our eyes to His will, stop our ears to His voice, and try to take control of things and plan our future without Him.
Solomon wisely said, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Plans for any future date can never be certain because we do not know what God may have in store for us. Now, does that mean we are not to plan for tomorrow?
The ability to plan is a gift from God. We see it throughout His carefully crafted creation. Since we are created in His image, we are endowed with the ability to plan. However, the warning contained in this proverb is the folly of presumptuous boasting about our plans - doing what we want to do without taking God’s Word, ways, and will into our plans. God is in control of His universe and that includes each of us. We must take the gifts He has given us, look for the opportunities He sets before us, seek His guidance and follow Him closely.
Prayer: Father, may we look to You each moment of every day asking You to reveal Your plans for us. May we look to You to guide us, guard us, and give us Your help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. 

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