In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
– Proverbs 16:9, NIV
All of us have ideas for the future, and make plans according to those ideas. It is a vital part of human life and existence that we have the organisation and imagination to plan ahead for our own lives and those of our children. And it is enjoyable – planning days out, planning events, planning holidays, preparing for what is to come. I believe God loves it when we plan and prepare, and He gets excited with us. He wants to be involved, every step of the way. Let us talk with Him about our plans, giving our hearts and our lives to Him.
Since we belong to God and the purpose of our very lives is in His hands, may we surrender our ideas and plans to Him and allow Him to shape them. Let us not cling to them in desperate ownership, but allow God to speak into them and bring change where He sees fit. If our ideas and plans are like a coin, let us not hold that coin in a tightly clenched fist, where we give God no space to work with it, but let us hold it in an open palm so that God can fiddle with it, add to it, change it wherever He considers it right and good to do so. After all, He is infinitely wiser and greater than we, and He knows every detail of our lives – past, present and future. He has our best interests, and the interests of His Kingdom, at heart. Let us surrender our hearts to Him and allow Him to shape our thinking and breathe His life into our ideas and plans for the future and for today.
May we ask God to be involved in our ideas and plans. He desires to be intimately involved in every area of our lives, and this includes our thoughts about the future, our plans and preparations. May we surrender to Him every thought, idea and plan in our minds and hearts, and ask Him to participate in them. Not only should we ask Him to bless our ideas, but we should ask Him to bring our will and our plans into alignment with His.
May we seek to honour and serve our wonderful Lord, planning our lives around His will and making our plans with His Kingdom and His desires in mind. May we ultimately surrender our own will, our own ideas and plans and thoughts about the future, entirely into His hands and allow Him to show us His own plans, and shape ours in whatever ways He sees fit. May we surrender to Him, and let Him guide us.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. 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.”
– Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV
Thank You that You care so deeply about me, and want to be involved in all I do.
Thank You for the plans that You have for me.
I give into Your hands my own ideas, plans and preparations:
For the long-term or distant future, and for today and this week.
Please teach me to seek You, and to live with Your plans and purposes in mind.
Help me to involve You in every day, every thought, idea and plan.
Help me to live to please You, not myself.
Help me to seek You and serve You and love You with all my heart.
I surrender my heart into Your hands.
Please shape me and teach me Your ways!
I love You, Lord. Please fill me with Your love, so I can love You more, and serve others too.