"God Has Already Laid Out Your Day" - Saturday, January 18, 2020 - Dianne Prince
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” You can plan. You should plan. You need to plan. Nevertheless, God knows the plans He has for you in this day. Listen for His still quiet voice as He whispers the course He has laid out for you today. Trust that still, quiet, inner voice. And flow with what He is telling you to do. His plans are for your good. His plans are to protect you from evil. His plans are to get you closer to accomplish the purpose He has for your life. And, His plans are to give you hope.
When it comes to planning, there are two kinds of people—those who are planners and those who are not. I am always intrigued by the non-planners because they go through life “winging it.” Non-planners typically decide on the fly what they are going to do. Everything from what they will eat to where and when they will go on vacation is done at the last minute. Non-planners keep a mental list of what they “think” they “might” do today. However, that list can change at any point in time. Non-planners can change what they are going to do as they are speaking to you.
Planners on the other hand, lay out in advance what they need to do for the day, the week, the month, and yes, some planners lay out their day a year in advance. Planners like to know way in advance what they need to accomplish for a given day. They keep a running list of what they need to get from the grocery store on the next visit. They keep tabs on when the gas is getting low and predict which day they need to stop by the gas station to replenish the fuel in the car. Planners have a family calendar and have entries of activities for every family member. Planners know where they will be vacationing next year, how they will get there, the approximate cost and the exact dates they will leave and return.
In marriage relationships, God tends to connect planners and non-planners together. If one spouse is a personality type who loves order, structure, and for things to be pre-arranged, the other spouse is usually one who arranges their calendar real time, construct their “to do” list as the day moves along and form their tasks as the day progresses. It is my belief that God puts opposites together because it balances out the relationship. It makes for some tense moments and some interesting conversations, but it keeps either party from being an extremist.
Proverbs 21:5 tells us, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Planning is good. Planning is necessary. However, you are not to get so engrossed in “your” plans until it frazzles you when God invokes something in your day that upsets your “to do” list. As a planner, you cannot be so rigid until you leave no room for God to carry out the plans He has for you to achieve in a given day.
You can not get so attached to your plan until you miss the assignment God has for you in a given day. Proverbs 16: 3 tells us, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” In other words, make your plans, but ask God to breathe upon them and allow your plans to get in line with His plans for you for the day.
When you ask God to breathe upon your plans, He will direct you to cross off “cleaning the bathroom on Tuesday” and instead, go to the hospital and sit with a family whose loved one is having emergency surgery. When you allow God to change your “to do” list and make it His list, He will sometimes tell you to skip the laundry and use that time to make a meal for a sick-and-shut-in person.
Planning is a good thing. However, you must, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Why? God says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare [literally “peace”] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
God’s plans for your day were set in motion before you were born. Thus, make plans, but once you make them, hold them up before God and ask Him to allow you to clearly hear His voice in your day. And, ask Him to also give you the spirit to obey what He is telling you to do or what He is telling you not to do based on your list of things “to do.” Why? Allow God to bring your plans in alignment with the course He charted for you to travel today.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.