The Inside Column 24/6

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

From my reading this week…

The writer of Proverbs says, ‘To human beings belong the plans of the heart … Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed’  -Proverbs 16:1,3

Here, we see the key to success. Our plans should never be made independently of the Lord. We are called into relationship with him. Our plans need to be aligned to his plans. Our vision and our plans need to be led by the Spirit. As we sense God’s leading we need to commit our plans to the Lord. We bring them to him. We lay them before him. Then God promises ‘your plans will
succeed’ (Proverbs 16:3). What does it mean to commit our plans to the Lord?

  • Cooperate – One translation of the Hebrew word for commit is to ‘roll towards’ God has a good plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 2:10). We need to cooperate humbly with him, being willing to give up everything that clashes with his plans.
  • Confide – To commit our plans to the Lord means to speak to him about his plans – to make them together with him.  At the start of each day we can commit our plans to him.
  • Consult – The Lord says, ‘Woe …to those who carry out plans that are not mine… Who go down to Egypt without consulting me (Isaiah 30:1–2a). To commit to the Lord means to consult him and discuss our plans with him and seek his wisdom and advice (Proverbs 15:33a). With major decisions a wise person will consult others to check that we have heard right (Proverbs 15:31–32).

Having committed our plans to the Lord we can trust his promise of success. In your heart you may plan your course, but the Lord determines your steps. God gives us the freedom and
responsibility to make plans. It is positively right for us to do this. And yet, God relates our decisions to our future destiny. This is not a reason to be passive, but rather it is an encouragement that we can rest assured that God is in ultimate control of our lives. We need not be frozen in a state of indecision.

Lord, thank you that you are the sovereign Lord and that you control the events of history. Thank you that you want us to be involved in your plans. You want us to make our plans in the right way. May our plans be your plans. Amen.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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