“The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its own purpose.” 
Proverbs 16:1-4 NKJV

A Call To: Prepare

I believe it was an old Scottish poem by Robert Burns that said, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  I’m sure you have had a time or two in  your life when the situation didn’t exactly go as planned. We’ve all been there. Some respond by not planning anything, taking whatever comes. Others plan in minute detail and then try to control all the factors to ensure completion of the plan just as envisioned.  

I think we can all agree that strategizing and creating a plan to achieve a desired goal is important. Allowing for the unknown is also wisdom.  I have a friend who will plan out a vacation so that every moment is accounted for. That way no moment is wasted, yet every moment is available for divine interruption, the God-moment that defines the whole experience. 

Solomon reminds us that while we may have a thought and plan in our hearts, God and life have a way of intervening. Life will often try to stop us. In contrast, God knows our heart desires and loves to give them to us, when we delight in Him(Ps. 37:4).  All too often our plans are limited in their scope and impact (self). God has a big purpose and he’s looking for those who are willing to dream and believe big with him so that, when your plan is established, His purpose is fulfilled. 

As Jesus was drawing closer to the appointed time of the Passover, he knew the purpose the Father had for him. The disciples and other followers had other plans, thoughts of what the future would hold. Jesus knew he could trust the plan, because the Father’s purpose was so much greater. 

What plans have you created? Have you partnered with God? Ask Him today to give you a vision that requires God to step in and establish it, then enjoy the journey and adventure. 

Praise + Prayer

Father God, we praise You and thank You that Your plans for us are way better than we can even imagine. Thank You that for the joy set before Him, Jesus walked out Your plan, and endured the cross so that we could know You.  Today Father, give us a bigger vision of what’s possible and how we can partner with you.  Give us courage to step out in faith and see You and Jesus be glorified. Thank you Holy Spirit, for leading us. Amen.

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