Friday, November 26, 2021

Making plans

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

There is an old Yiddish proverb that says, “While man makes plans, God laughs.”

Making plans is very important and helps to maintain a semblance of order and cohesion in our lives.

That being said, if we just go by what our minds think, or what we want, or how we feel, those same plans can have undesired results.

A wiser approach would be to consult the Lord before we make our next move.

He knows what’s down the road ahead of us, long before we ever see it.

Look at what it says in James 4:13-15: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’”

After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 I read several accounts of people who had planned to make their commute to work but then had an inner prompting to stay home or leave later.

God will often give us an unsettled feeling about something in an attempt to circumvent disaster.

When I was graduating from seminary many years ago I had decided to take the first full-time job that was offered.

However, as I prayed, the Lord led me to turn down three separate full-time positions and accept a position that was only a temporary contract position.

That decision resulted in a wonderful time of ministry that eventually led me to where I am now.

Let’s give God our plans and let Him dictate the course of our travels!

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