10 The Lord overrules what the nations plan;
he frustrates what the peoples intend to do.
11 But the Lord’s plan stands forever;
what he intends to do lasts from one generation to the next.
Psalm 33: 10-11
I am a trained religious expert. So when it comes to what congregations should do, what course they should take, I sometimes think I have the best answer. I’ve studied about it, I’ve thought about it, I’ve re-thought it, surely this is the best course of action and best plan I tell myself. And yet, I’ve seen some of my favorite plans and what I thought were my best ideas fail. Experience is a great teacher. What I’ve learned from those experiences, I don’t have the best ideas and plans, God does. It’s true not only in our congregations but our homes as well. I’ve learned before making big decisions, that I/we need the Lord’s guidance. Sounds simple, and it is, but it means letting go of my pride and letting God go to work leading us and guiding us.
The Psalmist has figured this out. The One who breathed life into creation knows better. It’s that simple. And while Psalm 33 is praising The Lord for all that God has made and all that God has done, the verses above also serve as convicting reminder of what happens when I live by Ed’s plan vs. living under God’s direction.
What major decisions are you facing? Have you prayed about them yet? I hope so, but if not, now’s your chance. Consider this the loving, grace-filled reminder that it has been for me today.
Prayer: Lord, lead me, guide me, grace me, love me. Give me the wisdom to follow you instead of myself. Amen.