Being a very determined and driven person, I am extremely organized and plan most everything in advance. I like to try to be in control of my life as much as I possibly can be. And sometimes I forget Who is actually in control.
God has been teaching me about His sovereignty lately. The fact that He is in complete control of all things and that He is a good God, working all things for my good and His glory is comforting. It helps me to let go of my fear and anxiety to trust Him and His purposes instead.
- “But He is unchangeable, and who can turn Him back? What He desires that He does. For He will complete what He appoints for me, and many such things are in His mind.” (Job 23:13-14)
Today I’m realizing that I still have so much to learn. I still try to plan out my life and become frustrated when it doesn’t work out the way I plan. I still try to be in control. As I was looking up verses this morning on God’s sovereignty, I discovered one that I’d like to memorize and take with me into this new year.
- Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
I do believe that God has gifted me in being an organized, driven individual. But even our gifts, used sinfully, can turn us away from the Lord. I’d like to learn how to surrender my life to the Lord while making plans for the future. I want to be flexible and to respond to changed plans with trust in the Lord that His purposes are for my good and His glory.
- Though my plans may fail, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)