A Japanese proverb says, “When you're dying of thirst, it's too late to think about digging a well”. What’s the moral behind this nugget of wisdom? We need to be thinking ahead and planning for the future. God's word encourages us to plan. But all of our planning needs to be done with a certain attitude: It is God who has the final say in all our plans. Proverbs 16:9 reads, "The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps." God is sovereign and everything is working out for His glory and our good. But this must never cause us to become fatalistic, thinking it's no use to plan since God has everything designed already. James says we should plan with the attitude, "I'll do this or that, if it is the Lord's will!" James 4:13-15.
As we entertain our Grandkids this week Debbie and I realize that many of the plans we have for them might not be accomplished but we also trust that “God will work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Our plans must always be held loosely in light of God's overarching, sovereign plan.
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