Posted by Craig Borlase on 29 December 2016

So what’s it going to be? Weight? Debt? Tv? Facebook?

Or maybe this year’s not so much about cutting back. Maybe you’re hoping to increase things. Prayer? Generosity? Time away from the digital world?

Whether we’re tackling the things that damage us or investing in the habits that are life-giving, we’re planners by nature. Modifying our actions in the present in the hope of altering the future is one of the things that separates us from almost every other mammal on the planet.

And sometimes, that ability to make plans can also separate us from God.

We can all fall into the same trap as the translators of The Good News bible when they reached Proverbs 16:3.:

Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.

There’s something appealing about this logic. We make our plans, we ask God to bless our plans, our plans all come off perfectly. What’s not to love?

The Message, however, does a better job of explaining what the original author intended:

Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.

And so does the King James version:

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Our God is not an absent-minded billionaire Uncle who'll rubber stamp anything we take to him as long as we ask right. Our God cares deeply about our plans, but he also knows what’s best.

Even though it can be tempting to plan first and pray later, God has a great way of upsetting the plans we have made solo – even the practical, everyday ones.

Why?

Because He has plans for us too. Great plans – the kind that edge us closer and closer to the person He had in mind when He created us.

The challenge for all of us today is to get better at seeing, hearing and trusting them.

We are not forgotten. We are not alone. When our worries overtake us… Your love will see us through.

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