Posted by: thirstnomore | March 13, 2009

Plans…Proverbs 19:21

It has been some time since I posted. The 4 people that actually read my blog were getting antsy…so let me share what is on my mind and heart.

Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

I have been thinking about plans. In the middle of our economic turmoil it reminded me of plans and planning. People put away money away for retirement, put money into stocks hoping to get it back and more for retirement, luxuries, vacation, etc. What might God be teaching us about money and security during this recession?

Proverbs 19 seems to make fun of man’s desire to plan. We have all kinds of plans of how things should play out in our lives. We have the ideal portfolio, family, and maybe this year the broncos will win more than they lose. The problem is that Pr. 19 seems to say having plans is great and all…but, the only thing that will last is God’s purposes.

If I claim to walk with Jesus…I should be constantly praying and asking God to shape me in such a way that I desire his purposes more than my silly plans that he probably laughs at most days. If my security and faith rests in my plans it could be possible that I will get those plans and miss out on the purposes of God that will last for eternity.

I don’t always understand God’s purposes in my life and the world but I do know one thing that is true…God is always after his glory and our joy.

If it takes ripping away all our finances so that we would get more of Him…give it to me. If it means having a loved one pass away so I get more of Him…bring it on. If it means losing a job so that I get more of Him…please give it to me. If it means attempting something that seems irrational and impossible to get more of Him…let’s go. If it means getting laughed at to get more of Him…that is probably what I need.

I pray I can go to the King when I have my “master plans”, when the laughter dies down, I hope I can say: “your will be done…your will be done”. Have a great day!

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  1. In the midst of this campaign for spiritual renewal, growth and devotion, leading up to a financial campaign, combined with my present circumstances, is being used by God to reveal where my faith is weak, where my sin issues are, the places where I am unfaithful, and to increase or light a fire in me with a longing for more of Him.

    Having no job and no job prospects makes me understand to an even greater degree that I am totally dependent on God for my provision. The health difficulties point out the ways I was trusting in my own physical strength to accomplish things and to minister to others. Being asked to commit to a more intense walk (the fasting/study/prayer time) has revealed where my walk and my discipline is weak. It has revealed areas of sin in my life that require repentance.

    Truly I have nothing in myself. My righteousness is like filthy rags and cannot stand before a Holy God. I am more grateful than I have ever been that Jesus took my place and clothed me in his righteousness and because of that I can go boldly into the very throne room of God. What a wonder that his forgiveness is so thorough.

    I come to him bemoaning my weakness and he laughs, saying, “I know, my child. Let me give you MY strength.”

    I say to him, “Forgive me of my sin.” He says, “What sin? It was all washed away. I see you clothed in the righteousness of Jesus.”

    I say, “I am faithless.” He says, “but I remain faithful. I cannot change my nature.”

    I come to him saying, “I’m afraid for my financial situation.” He says, “Why? Don’t you know that I own everything? I will not withhold any good thing from you. I will give you what you need. Don’t you trust me?” And I confess that I am weak in my faith where I thought I was strong.

    I go to him about my physical frailties and he says, “Those are to try you and test you, to humble you and to teach you to depend on me, that in the end it may go well with you.”

    I think we as a people, even as Christians, have depended on our country for our provision and our way of life. We (and by we I mean me) have held onto our wealth and largely ignored the suffering world around us, clinging to our comforts and our wants, while people are dying. Is our heart toward the poor? Toward the suffering church around the world? Is our heart even turned toward our neighbors? I begin to wonder if this time may bring us as a people and as the church in America to realize that our plans have been silly and selfish, and for the most part we have been ungrateful for what God has provided for us. Is it time for this generation to pour themselves out for the sake of the gospel? Is it time for me to pour myself out for the sake of the gospel? How would that change my plans? What would that look like?

  2. I don’t know if you counted me in your four, but if not their were five that were antsy! How encouraging are your words!!! Thanks for sharing your heart and mind. It is so easy to rely on all of these things for happiness, but really its no happiness at all.


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