The Lord’s Plans

February 19, 2007 at 11:23 am (Faith)

I was reading Proverbs 19 yesterday and was meditating on verse 21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” In Psalm 33:11 it says, “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

I am a natural planner, I like things organized and I want them to fall into their rightful, structured place. I realize that try as I may to make my own plans, the Lord has seen every one of my days and already has a plan for each of them. With or without me, His plans and His purposes will always prevail, granted He likes it when I follow along with Him.
Last week in our staff devotion time, one of my coworkers and friend shared a Scripture from Esther that drives this point as well. I have read the book of Esther several times and I have never focused on what my friend shared so I thought I would add it to this since it falls along the same lines.
If you know the story in Esther (or watched the movie) you realize that the fate of Esther and all Jews were in her hands. Since she is the Queen, it would appear that she should just go talk to her husband, the king, and explain the situation. But, to approach the king without being summoned could lead to her death. Here is where the story picks up:
Esther 4:12-17, “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.”
If you are like me, you were focused on the infamous line, “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this…”
What my friend shared about was Mordecai’s response that even if Esther remained silent, deliverance of the Jews would come from another place. Mordecai’s trust was in God and God alone. He knew the Word of God and he knew that God had promised deliverance of the Jews. He knew that with or without Esther-God’s plans that He ordained before one of them came to be-would come to fruition.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders today. Maybe tomorrow, I will once again attempt to control and plan my life but for today, I will let Jesus lead me and I will follow. Who better to follow than the lover of my soul?

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