Do You Trust Your Plans More Than Your Provider?

GraceOver the past several weeks God has blindsided me with blessings.  What strikes me, though, is not the blessings themselves.   What is remarkable is that these blessings came in spite of my planning and not because of it.

I have been obsessing about writing a “life plan” for this year.  I wanted to have goals, objectives, strategies, timelines, and rewards indelibly imprinted in written form by January 1, 2013.  But, as usual, I’ve done more thinking than doing and my plan still isn’t ready.

So with each passing day I grow more anxious.  Every hour I don’t spend composing this master blueprint for my life seems wasted.  Every blog article I read about how to make a plan that will make this year my best year ever becomes an indictment.

But there’s a spiritual source of all this nervousness.   In my heart I had set my hopes for happiness on my goals and not on God.

As I make plans for 2013, I must remember grace.  Good things that happen to me this year will not come about primarily because of my great planning or goal-setting.  Blessings will come to me because of God’s grace.

Grace does not remove the responsibility of preparing and living intentionally.  The Bible clearly teaches that wisdom involves planning for the future.  “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” (Pr. 21:5).  I am not at all saying that we should wait for God’s blessings to pour down from Heaven while we sit back and do nothing.  One of God’s blessings is the ability to consider to the future and get ready for it.  We all must still write our resolutions for this new year.

But grace does free us from the pressure of guaranteeing our own results.  We make plans, we set goals, we push ourselves to achieve more than we did last year.  But we do it all with the security of knowing that “God gives the growth” (1 Cor. 3:7).  God alone is the source of our blessings. For “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (Js. 1:17)

Therefore we make our plans, but remember God’s grace.  His blessings will come.  He may choose to use our plans as instruments to bring those blessings or He may not.  All that is certain is we serve a gracious God who gives good gifts simply because He is good.  May God keep us from the idolatry of trusting in our plans rather than trusting in our Provider.

Question: Does reflecting on God’s grace (undeserved blessings) bring you a sense of relief? 

2 thoughts on “Do You Trust Your Plans More Than Your Provider?

  1. Thank you for this post. I struggled the last few months with the same thing. God has shown me more than ever how important it is in my life to reclaim life worship in my own heart. He convicted me that I was finding my identity more from ministry goals and accomplishments (horizontal) than I was in my vertical relationship with Him. With that added pressure to “perform as a professional Christian” I placed myself under heavy burdens. It has been so refreshing to simply come to Him through prayer and His word not looking for another ministry theme or teaching point, but to see Him with the awe and reverence that nourishes the soul. Thanks for posting Jemar!

    1. Jason,
      Good to hear from you, brother. I can only imagine how difficult it is for believers who are in full-time ministry to stay rooted in God’s grace for their effectiveness. Combine that with all this “celebrity pastor” pressure and it turns into a spiritual melee. Praise the Lord that you’ve found grace through prayer and Scripture. Thanks for stopping by!

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