Sometimes, okay, really far too often, we make plans and decide to do things because we want to do what we want to do…when we want to do them…with whom we want to do them…how we want to do them…and where we want to do them! Our focus settles all on us. And we feel we have every right to make those plans and decisions for all the stuff, all the experiences, we want in our lives.
The truth is we do have a right to make decisions and plans for ourselves. God, in His perfect and passionate love for us, created each of us with the ability to make choices. God made us in His image, and although we’re definitely not as bright as God, as good as God, nor as wise as God by any stretch of the imagination, we still were given the gift of thinking and perceiving and choosing to do things in our own power. We were created in the likeness of the Living God, not a puppet.
The thing we don’t realize is that during those choosing times (which, of course, are numerous times each day), our focus is often self-absorbed, if not blatantly selfish. And in that mindset, the plans and decisions we make have a very limited perspective, and will never be for our very best. So, although we absolutely have a right to make those choices, they’re just not usually the right choices we should make.
During those times, we become way too big and powerful. Our self-absorbed desires become way too big and powerful. We think only about what we want – not about what is truly best for us, or even truly good for us. We don’t take time to consider how these choices might adversely affect our health, our peace, our character or our security. We seem to let go of, dismiss and deny, all sincere thought of what the future consequences to our choices will be. And we’re certainly not thinking about anyone else in our lives (not even our nearest and dearest) who will be affected by the plans and decisions we make when we’re thinking only of ourselves. It is all about us and our limited-immediate-moment.
We need to remember that our God focuses on us, too! Every moment of our lives. Yet, God’s focus on us is far more loving, far more gracious and far more truthful than our own focus is. Our God has an absolute and perfect knowledge of the good plans He has for us, a right and eternal perspective of all things, and unfailing power to carry out His plans, now and forever.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
God knows the plans He has for us. We each need to take time to know, and trust, God. We need to step out of ourselves – get over ourselves – and take time to focus on what God wants for our lives. I am absolutely convinced that the plans God has for each of our lives are very good. And I believe God is always thinking about the very best for all of those around us. Our God’s plans are always and only for our good. Our God’s perspective is never limited. It is eternal. Our God’s plans always give us hope and renew our hope in a future that is held, now and forever, by our God’s eternal power.
Take time, even now, to ask God to help you to want what God wants for your life. Then, choose, consciously and deliberately, to trust God’s plans, perspective and power more than your own. Starting right now.