Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There is a song with a line that says……”And if you wanna hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”
God has plans for us…..are we following those plans or are we doing our own thing?
It says in Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
I’m gonna tell you…I don’t know what’s best for me….I act like I do and then I get myself in all kinds of trouble.
I’m married to a very wise man. Many people seek him out for his counsel on many different areas of life, business, etc. I seek him out many times too and when he gives me advice and I don’t follow what he says I always wind up getting into a mess and then I say to him….”I should have listened to you!” Don’t we do this to God sometimes? The Holy Spirit gives me good counsel….and then I go out and do what I want to do ….and you guessed it…..a mess!…and then I go and do the same thing again. Hey…am I the only one?
I bet God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit crack up laughing at us and all of our antics. I know I keep God rolling off His throne laughing at me and at my crazy schemes.
Ok…so here’s what not to do. Don’t go around borrowing money because you need money for some need. Here’s a good one…. you’re going to help God provide for you…you don’t really need to trust Him…..maybe you can borrow some money from your 401k or from your retirement . What? You’re having a problem with your kids? You’re going to call Nana to come stay at your house to help you with that problem child? Yes we are always trying to help God out!
Ok ….so here’s what you do…..You’re going to follow this scripture… Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Then you are going to…Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. That’s from 1 Peter 5:7 And because you have given all your troubles over to the Lord… you are not going to ask Him after you’ve pray for you need what is He going to do for you because it says in Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Now we know all of God’s plans will work out because it says in Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Need I say more? We don’t need a plan when our God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. God doesn’t need my smartness….He needs my humble reliance on Him only. That’s all….no planning….scheming….plotting……finagling. He makes it very clear in His word to…..Cast all you care on Him….all of your cares!! If we don’t do this we will get those lessons that teach us that there is no way out except God. I’ve had MANY of those lessons over the years…they work…they teach you to rely on God…..God will pluck out everyone around you so you only see Him as your source of help. I’m giving you the heads up here. Don’t thank me just drop your plans and take all your concerns to the Lord!
Message for today: God is looking at you…..that plan you have hiding behind your back? Ditch it……because I can hear God laughing at it.