This week we continued our series in the book of Proverbs by looking at what the book of Wisdom says about making plans for the future. Inherent in any discussion about making plans is a discussion on the sovereignty of God; the two topics can go somewhat hand in hand. It helps first to just know this: God is sovereign. He is in complete control. He is all-powerful. He knows everything; has known everything and will continue to know everything; He can do anything, and He is everywhere all the time (Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent).
We all think about the future in one way or another and make plans of some sort. The thing is, none of us have any ability whatsoever to ensure that anything we plan will actually go as planned! But Proverbs says that God’s purpose always prevails. There is a comfort in knowing that in spite of the fact that our plans fail and our circumstances change almost constantly, God always has a plan. His plan can never be thwarted and He is establishing our steps. We DO come to forks in the road where we have to make decisions and plans for the future. The challenge then is to make WISE decisions and WISE plans. Ultimately, it comes down to this: Wise planning starts with wise living and wise living starts with a relationship with the One who is wise.
Jesus calls us to follow him and be his disciples. That means learning from Him and becoming like him. He also calls us to trust him and make everything we do in life first and foremost about him! It means making decisions the way he would make them; thinking about things the way he would think about them; treating people the way he would treat them; trusting him for everything that either happens or doesn’t happen in our lives. It starts with the small things. This is how we live wisely and ultimately is how we become people who make wise plans – plans that the Lord will establish.
It can be hard to trust God completely for everything because we usually think that no one can make better decisions for us than we can. But God is trustworthy because not only is He sovereign, He is also good and He is working all things together for OUR good.
Questions for going deeper:
- There is a huge emphasis in the Bible on remembering the things that God has done for us. In what ways can you look back at your life to this point and see how God has brought you to the place you are now?
- What things can you do each day to have a deeper relationship with Jesus and become more like him?
- How should your plans for the next week/yeah/5 years/10 years change in light of the fact that God is sovereign and Good and, so, trustworthy.
Band for the week was:
- Jon Hathaway – guitar + vox
- John Enzor – bass
- Jon Pritchett
- Brent Francese – drums
- Vonnie Martin – vox
- Alex Dellapenta – guitar + vox
Setlist for the week was:
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- How Great is Our God
- You Are the Lord
- Come Ye Sinners
- Day After Day