Without question, one of my favorite verses, so powerful in its Truth and yet, so practical daily. The counsel of The Lord… what stands up and compares to this? And to think I can have His counsel at any moment that I choose. How awesome is that?
How sad that I do not take advantage of that, too. If you read the Proverbs while keeping this verse in the forefront of your mind, then you will be forced to accept the truth that we live the majority of our days as utter and complete fools. If we would follow this ONE principle and accept – no, embrace – that God’s plans stand the test of time, that His plans prevail over all others, that WE are in His counsel at will, and He will not hesitate to plan and strategize with us at the moment we ask, then what can we NOT accomplish? This isn’t some grand, complex formula we have to solve… it’s simple mathematics – even simpler then 1+2=3. Unfortunately, I never was very good at math… even when it WAS as simple as that!
I’ve been a plan-maker my entire life. But it’s taken me up until now to fully realize just how bad at planning I really am! But God actually loves my plans. He doesn’t want me to stop planning, He only wants to help in my planning. I get this idea that it’s either all my planning or nothing. I don’t want help. I don’t want advice. Just leave me alone and let me fail all on my own, right?! I wonder what things would look like or even how they might turn out if just once I went into a project with this “novel” idea to actually ask God FROM THE VERY INCEPTION to be COMPLETELY in on every part and phase of my plans and ideas??! Seriously… I’ve never tried it before; completely letting God in on every part of a plan of mine. Sometimes I think it’s because I know how stupid the plan is and I’m embarrassed but for some unexplainable reason, well… I stubbornly choose to press on despite how obvious it is that it is doomed to fail! My Spiritual strategery sucks when God’s not involved!
Tomorrow, let me begin by simply seeking God and inviting His voice to counsel me in the simplest of ways: to help me plan one simple day. Can it hurt? Will I be any worse then how today’s debacle played out? Honestly… as insulting as this may sound perhaps this is the mindset we should consider taking: God surely can’t do any worse then I’ve done up to this point. I look to one more piece of evidence which will hopefully sway me: in moments where I’ve let God “assist” in my planning – even partially – well… I have to admit that His track record has been pretty good! Every good thing that I have today can be directly attributed to those moments when at the VERY least, God has had a presence in my planning!
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.