Change of Plans
To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:1-3)
Have you been forced to change any of your plans this year? We had a great adventure planned, joining our daughter in Norway at the end of the summer and taking a 12-day road trip to explore the Fjords. It was going to be a trip of a lifetime!
We had other plans too – things we wanted to get done and people we hoped to visit. It was all put on hold by Covid-19. We were made painfully aware that we are not in control of things, but equally reminded that God is.
The Apostle James spoke of this when he was writing to a group that was facing persecution and an uncertain future. Hear what he said about making plans without taking God’s counsel and timing into consideration when making plans:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” (James 4:13-14a)
The Sovereignty of God is the theological term for acknowledging that God is aware of all things, including the pandemic before it ever hit the news. His character and his care for us are what help us through the good and the bad in life, trusting in His promises and provision. We trust in the fact that He knows what is before us, and that He is the giver of all good things and rewarder of those who earnestly seek him.