Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 83)
Making Plans? Ask God
Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 (NASB)
There are many plans in a man's heart,
Nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
Psalm 33:10-11 (NKJV)
If you asked, I would say, 'I'm a planner.' Surely, hopes and dreams need good plans and lists: logical steps toward their fulfillment. I try to consider contingencies, what-if's and various circumstances.
I reach out to trusted associates, because 'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise' (Proverbs 12:15), 'Plans fail for a lack of counselors' (Proverbs 15:22), and 'Victory is won through many advisers' (Proverbs 11:14). But where is God in all my planning?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I'm not the smartest lady in town, but I'm smart enough to see lots of smart people trip on their intellects. With grades, awards and fancy degrees, achievers grow fond of being right. They enjoy the prestige of titles and bask in the respect of others.
Like the scribes, lawyers and Pharisees.* So the High Counsel condemned Jesus, since He wasn't similarly schooled. Nor did He seek their counsel or help. Where was God in all of His planning? Front and center, as well He must be, because sometimes smart people are wrong.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're smart and you know it, so look up:
1. Too easily, smart people get proud. When that monster grabs hold of someone, even wise church leaders will fall flat. Sadly, Scriptures can be edited or taken out of context. Beware.
2. Good counselors will listen closely, prayerfully consider your plans, and ask God for His confirmation. They will be known by humility and acts of service toward the poor.
3. Still, the wisest Counselor is God. Make a practice of your submission. Don't try to plan and plot your whole life. Because in mankind's very best plans can come disregard of faith in God.
To Be Continued...
* Matthew 23: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+23&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.