Planning

25 Jan

Not all people are planners. Some like to plot out details of every day. Write out goals for both short and long-term.  Tracking, re-evaluating and adjusting them as life goes on.

Yet, others hate to plan. They make decisions quickly, easily and on the spur of the moment. Go with the flow. Some of us are inbetween.

As I finished reading Genesis and continue the Matthew chapters, I’m struck by the common truth of God’s plan being revealed.

Joseph didn’t know God’s plans for his life while going through it. Times of turmoil and distress and times of favor and authority. Yet at the end of Genesis (see first portion of Chapter 50), Joseph acknowledges that his life has been part of God’s plan all along. The good and the bad.  And it wasn’t only about Joseph, but how that life affected so many others.

Christ also acknowledges God’s plans in Matthew. He begins telling the disciples he’ll be tortured and killed, but rise again after three days. Jesus goes up on the mount and allows Peter, John and James to witness his transformation from his human body to the holy God he is. And then Jesus instructs them not to tell what they’d seen until after he’s been resurrected.

God has plans. He’s not making plans, he HAS them. These plans involve timing and an impact to our life as well as others. When we choose Christ and rely on God’s holy spirit and holy word to be our guide, we can trust there is a plan.

Like Joseph, we don’t know or understand the plans ahead of time as Christ could. Many times we wonder “why”, as I’m sure the disciples did on consistent occassion. Yet, their relationship with Christ, their faith in him overcame all else.

May it be that way  for us. Focus on the relationship with Christ. Trust God’s plan to unveil.

“You do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand”  John 13:7 NIV.

Today’s Passages:  Gen 50:1 – Ex 2: 10; Matthew 16: 13 – 17:9; Psalms 21: 1 – 13; Proverbs 5: 1 – 6

Tuesday’s Passages: Ex: 2:11 – 3:22; Matthew 17:10 – 27; Psalms 22: 1 – 18; Proverbs 5: 7 – 14

Wednesday’s Passages: Ex 4:1 – 5:21; Matthew 18: 1 – 22; Psalms 22: 19 – 31; Proverbs 5: 15 – 21

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2 Responses to “Planning”

  1. Robin Price January 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Jeanette,

    Thank you for that insight. As you know, I’m often wondering what God’s plan is for my life and this reminded me that I’m already in it [His plan]. As long as I’m trusting Him and seeking Him each day, He will guide my path within His plan.

    • ljnet January 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you for posting! It encourages me.

      I just read a daily devotional email I receive, and it reiterated that our focus must be relationship! Not knowledge, reason, etc. Relationship and obedience.

      Thanks again, friend.

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