God has plans. From the very beginning when He created this world, He had a plan. For day and night, heavens and earth, land and sea, sun and moon, birds and fish, animals and humans, He has always had a plan. And just four verses into His Word, we see that He likes His plan. He calls it good. Indeed, near the end of creation, He calls His plan very good (Genesis 1).
His plan is good because of the purpose it will serve. It is good because of the hope it will give. It is good because of the lives it will save. But really, it is good simply because of the God who calls it so. Creation had only to be created for it to be called good.
But still, God has plans. He has them for us. He knew the span of your life before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He knows the hairs on your head, the thoughts in your mind, and the hours that you will live on this earth. He would not leave such attention to detail merely to chance. God has plans for you.
Now we know that Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God knows and has a plan for us, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”, but it is in verses 12-14 that we see that part of that plan always is, will be and has been to ultimately bring us back to Him. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
We are STILL in lockdown and to some of us it really does feel like we are in exile. Unlike God, we clearly do not know the whole plan. What we do know is that part of the plan is to go back to God and to reconnect with Him. We have time now. Let’s Go Back to God.
Our Scripture to meditate on today comes from Proverbs 16:
The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 2 All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], but the LORD weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. 3 Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. 4 The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked [according to their role] for the day of evil. 5 Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the LORD; Be assured he will not go unpunished. 6 By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, and by the fear of the LORD one avoids evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness Than great income [gained] with injustice. 9 A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the LORD directs his steps and establishes them.
Final thought: His plans are higher than our plans. Let’s try going with His this time.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”