Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 24th, 2020
Hope: In Our Own Plans
Thus says the Lord...'Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.'

And they said, 'That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.'
Jeremiah 18:11-12 (NKJV)
There are many plans in a man's heart. Nevertheless the Lord's counsel-- that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)
I'm a nifty planner, or so I thought. I embrace the big view and the details: the macro, micro and in-between stuff. Early success seemed to confirm this gift, but 'seem' became the operative word.

Because plans outside of God's will... fall flat. Sooner or later, our lack of vision becomes apparent. In one or more area of our lives (family, friends, work, health, joy, peace or hope), failure waits for just the right time to hit.*

As a Christian, I now understand more. We look at our lives through tiny peepholes, focusing on the smallest of pictures. Even when we move our peepholes around, we still see itty bits... out of focus.

On the other Hand, God sees everything: an encompassing panorama of past, present and future interactions of every person, place and thing on earth. So where does this truth leave us and our plans?

1) It should lead us to our knees in prayer: asking God's will to be done in our lives...

2) And utterly dependent on God's Word for confirmation or redirection...

3) Seeking advice from godly counselors, rather than our stubborn independence.

4) Otherwise, our plans are built on the sand: flimsy castles destined to wash away.

## Hope: In Our Own Plans (Part 13)

* I confess I've failed in all ways, but thankfully-- not at the same time.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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