Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Plans Or Presumption, Who Knows Best???

All of us have hopes, dreams, and plans for the future, and our faith in God encourages us to look to tomorrow with bright expectation. James is not opposed to hoping or planning. All he wants to do is to hold our plans loosely so that our goals don’t replace what God is doing in our lives (James 4:13-16).

Let’s face it; many of us are control freaks. We want to make things manageable and orderly. This is an understandable need, and it can even be a good thing (1Thess.4:11, 1Pet.2:12). But we need to submit all our plans to the will of God.

One image that appears throughout the Bible portrays humans as clay in the hands of the Divine Potter (Isai.64:8, 1Cor.12:15-18). The point of these passages is that we need to let God do what He wants us instead of molding our lives into the shape we think best.

The nice thing about realizing that God is in charge is that we will experience tremendous peace. Instead of wondering or worrying about every little detail of our lives, we can rest in his love and care. That doesn’t mean life will always turn out the way we want it to, but that’s all right. Who knows best what we should do; us or the Creator and Ruler of the Universe?

There will be times when it seems that what’s happening to us is unfair or even absurd. But God is in charge, and if we don’t presume to tell Him what’s best for us, we can humbly accept His guidance and rest in the results, whatever they are.

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