Many are the Plans


Originally Posted by Mike Young May 2005

I can’t leave this concept alone. Even though I have some understanding of how God wants to fill my life, I find that my life is often filled with other things…

One thing that my life has been full of is plans. 

When I was in high school, I planned to be a doctor. When I was in the field of education, I planned to be a high school principal then a superintendent. In the field of construction, everything depends upon the approved plan. On Saturdays I plan to get lots of work done around the house. In the evenings I plan to play with the kids. I often have plans to do something special for Stacy. I usually plan to take a nap on Sunday afternoon.

What were your plans when you were leaving home as a young man to make your way in the world? Did you plan for a career? Military service? More education? Business? Family?

What plans do you currently have for your future?

What plans do you have for the future of your children? Strengthening of your marriage?

What are you planning for the weekend? This evening?

When are you planning to go fishing?

Unfortunately, many of my plans get changed or sidetracked. Often, I don’t understand why. Sometimes, (most of the time according to Stacy) I plan to do more than I can actually get done. There are times, however, when I can look back and see that God had something else in mind. His plans are different and better. It is interesting how we desire to fill our lives in one way and God moves in a different direction. Consider these verses:

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

I don’t think we can sit around waiting for God to dictate our every move. We must plan. It is comforting to me, however, to know that he can and will redirect my efforts to achieve His purpose. I will not always understand or appreciate God’s direction in my life at the time. But, I have confidence that His plans and desires for me are better than my own.

I think one key is to ask God to help us want what He wants for us. Even then, we may falter, but…

If the Lord delights in a man’s way he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalms 37:23-24

I am encouraged by this thought. I desire to be a man in whom God delights, but I stumble; all men do. Thankfully, He is there to help me regain my balance and get going again. I must keep in mind though, that in order for anyone to help me when I am stumbling they have to be close by. I have to constantly ask myself, am I walking close enough to him to receive the help He offers? Are you?