"I Know the Plans"
- Written by Danny Byrum Danny Byrum
I like to make lists and check each item off upon completion. There are days when this routine is the most gratifying thing that happens. No, thank you; I do not need your pity. I find pleasure in completion. Then, there are other days when I wad up my list and throw it in the trash or at someone.
“We make the plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 In other words God always has the last word. Determined to get in the last word has caused me more than a little grief in life. Did your parents ever say to you and likely you have said to your children, “because I said so!" God said it first. Do we try to plan our life and hope God agrees with us? Are we ticked off if He doesn’t? Why are we so afraid that God is going to make us do something that will make us unhappy?
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 I struggled for years to grasp the ambiance of the word "delight". Think of something that delights you. Doesn’t it bring a smile to your face. You smile at God because you know He loves you and knows what is best. He smiles back at you because you understand. You are in tune with one another.
In the June 7th reading of the devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest”, Oswald Chambers explains that our plans become God’s plans as we abide in Him. “Whatsoever he asks in my name, that will I do. The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s foreordained decrees."
Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a "saint". And brothers and sisters, this is Presbyterian doctrine. Better yet, it's Biblical. We need not totally understand something for it to be true. “Professing themselves to be wise they became fools” Romans 1:25 “Who has known the mind of Christ, we have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16