If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. I know I have made this mistake more than a time or two. It is so easy to limit ourselves to what we can see, but God sees so much more. That is why we need the wisdom to see our circumstances from God’s perspective.
We should always remember that our life is not our own. God is the one responsible for making sure the sun rises and sets every day. God is the one who is the creator and sustainer of all things, not you, and not me. Our plans are always tentative because our time is not our own. In fact, life is not our own.
“You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'” James 4:14-15
You and I are not in charge of things. Thank God for that! No offense intended, but I don’t trust any of you (or myself) with making sure the sun rises and sets. But we still make our plans despite our limited perspective.
Our plans always seem to take longer and cost more than we plan for. I have a friend who worked at IBM for years, and he used to say, “You can have a project on time, on budget, or done with excellence.” Pick two. Perhaps we should come to expect the unexpected.
Solomon wrote about these realities in Proverbs 3:5–6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
What plans do you need to surrender to God today?