The Best of Plans

Psalm 33:11 – But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations. (NIV)

crying babyI am sipping my coffee and thinking about a conversation I had yesterday with a young father and can’t help but smile. He and his wife had their first child two weeks ago. He was telling me how they had talked to people to get advice and read all the recommended books on getting the baby on a schedule and making the baby conform to the household rules they already had in place. As he was talking I was trying not to let my friendly smile turn into howls of laughter. He then added that none of that stuff works and he and his wife were making themselves crazy trying to follow all the rules. The baby wanted to eat when she was hungry and wanted to sleep when she was sleepy. If she was sleeping, she didn’t care that your schedule said she needed to be eating. If she was hungry, she definitely didn’t care that the schedule said you should be sleeping! I made the statement that you can’t do everything that other people tell you to do; you make your own schedule. His reply was “The baby made the schedule. We just follow what she says”. As I’m sitting here sipping my coffee and smiling at the truth in his statement, I think how we are like that with You. We listen to what people tell us we should be doing. We read the books. We try to follow the rules. We try to make You fit our schedule of what is convenient for us. I have often heard it said that God laughs when we made plans. James tells us that we are always making plans for tomorrow without any idea of what might happen tomorrow. Proverbs 21:30 tells us that no plan can succeed without You, and Proverbs 19:21 says that man has many plans, but Your plans are the ones that are successful. Proverbs 16:9 says its okay to make our plans as long as You direct our steps. You tell us so clearly in Jeremiah 29:11 that You already know the plans You have for us, and that Your plans for us will give us a better future than anything we could ever plan. Help me to always keep Psalm 33:11 in front of any plans I may make ……… “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations”

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