“In his heart a man plans his course; but the LORD determines his steps.” — Proverbs 16:9, NIV
Reading through the Old Testament, I was amazed by the amount of detail God gave his people regarding so much of life. From the way the ark was constructed to every aspect of the tabernacle’s construction and every article to be used or placed inside it, God provided intricate details. I was especially amazed by the precise instructions given in the book of Leviticus regarding sacrificial offerings. Who but God would have the mind to retain all that information? How fearful might Moses and Aaron have been that they would leave out some detail and totally mess things up?
Many of us are list makers. I sometimes think that is one reason why we experience so much stress in our daily lives. We feel compelled to accomplish everything on our lists, keep every appointment on our calendars, and make sure that everything is done decently and in order. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, but often humanly impossible.
During my prayer time one morning, I wrote the following words in my journal: I wish I could just clear my calendar and do nothing but soak up your presence and your Word, and bask in your peace. Life won’t let me. I have a full day indeed, and that’s just for starters. While I continued to pray about everything on my list that I needed to accomplish, God impressed upon my spirit that he already knows. He knows the beginning and the end of all that concerns me for he is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6). I can rest in the fact that God is working in my behalf to see everything accomplished in his perfect timing.
God is very good at what he does. I need only to look through the pages of Scripture to see how perfectly he works things out. I will continue making my lists, but no longer will I be ruled by them. I will commit to the Lord whatever I do, knowing that my plans will succeed and that he will work out everything for his own ends (Proverbs 16:3-4).
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