Gods Plans Always Work


Once you have children you begin to learn, from first-hand experience, that you must be flexible because things will often not go as planned. There are a lot of common things that happen… Babies make messes. They have no awareness of what comes out of their mouths or goes into their diapers—they have even less control. The general rule of thumb is the later you are the bigger mess they make. As they grow, things don’t change much. They usually develop more awareness—but the self-control piece is still quite a bit under-developed. When we lived in Connecticut, Stephen was playing quietly in his room—my plan (and a good one too!). I open the door to check on him and what I find was not in my plan. The glass globe covering his ceiling light is in pieces on the floor and he has blood running down his from his head—everywhere. He just smiles when I open the door. Needless to say, an unplanned detour to the emergency room is required. A few years back Treneé took Stephen to Costco. There was a small hole in Stephen’s pants. Once they got into Costco, Stephen decided he couldn’t handle the hole in his pants and took his pants off. This was not my plan. We send Abigail off to college, my plan: she will have a great college experience at a Christian University, she will meet a strong and faithful Christian young man, the two of them will graduate and then get married. Now, two years ahead of schedule she’s getting married and if she is anything like her mother, regardless of birth control, she will be pregnant before she graduates—not my plan. (*Note: the strong faithful Christian young man part happened according to my plan. Abby and Calvin, I love you both.)

This is not the case for God. God’s plans always work. The God’s words, His plans, His will always prevails. Jeremiah, speaking about the exile of the Jews to Babylon, the destruction of the temple, and the devastation of Jerusalem said that this was not an accident. According to the words of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God plans good and uses bad to accomplish his purposes. Proverbs 16:4 says, “The LORD works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” And three chapters later, the writer declares in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” God’s plan is not frustrated by messy babies, by bleeding boys, boys with no pants, or daughters who don’t follow their father’s plans. In fact, there is no accident or intention on this world (or any other) that can frustrate God’s pan. His will and His words will accomplish all that He has planned just as Isaiah said it would. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

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