DayBreaks for 11/03/15: How to Make God Laugh
From the DayBreaks archive, 11/02/05:
Ps 33:10-11 (NLT) –The LORD shatters the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the LORD’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.
Have you ever thought how you might be able to make God laugh? Wouldn’t it be great to know that you were able to give Him joy!?! Well, obviously we can – through loving Him and loving our fellow man. But what about making Him LAUGH? Someone once suggested that this is the perfect way to make God laugh: “Make a plan.”
You may remember the plan that the residents of Babel put together before building their infamous tower. God laughed at them. Remember the farmer who had such a huge crop that he couldn’t store it all – so he made a plan to build bigger and bigger barns? God upset his apple cart, too. Satan had his own strategy for how he’d defeat Jesus and win the seemingly endless struggle between himself and God. For some period of time (exactly 3 days, I should think) Satan thought he’d actually pulled off his plan. God laughed as Jesus walked out of the tomb.
I must confess: I don’t make too many plans. Not even when it comes to the church. Perhaps I should make more – I’ve read so many books that talk about leadership and the necessity of a plan with measurable action steps. It all sounds so good when I read it. But I’ve also found that when I try to direct my own footsteps with a plan made by Galen C. Dalrymple, that invariably God has something else planned and my carefully thought out plans go down the drain like so much dirty water. I find that to be especially true regarding His church. That shouldn’t be surprising, should it? After all, it’s HIS church…not mine! He is the one who makes the plans, He is the one who alone knows what must happen and when and who has the power to make it happen. So, here’s my plan for our church and for my life: “Lord, help me to see You and follow You without hesitation.”
Works for me.
James 4:13-16 (NLT) – Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.”
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, help us understand that it is not up to us to direct our own pathway, but to simply follow You where you lead. Help us understand that our plans are inconsequential. Help us to see Your plan for our day today and for our lives hereafter. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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