Plans {Or Not}

 

photo by Tiffany Taylor

Summer is here bringing with it the ever-consuming question – “so what are your plans? What are you going to do now?” While it’s a question that delights some of us, it more often then not strikes fear in our hearts. What are we going to do this summer? Be bored, look for a job (what job should we take!?), who should we hang out with or date, what schools should we visit for college, or what sports should we be involved in? The questions are as varied and unique as each individual person is, but we all have them. Each one of us has questions about our future.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct  your paths.

The Lord directs our paths (the direction of our lives, and the things we do in life).

In the middle of wondering and worrying about what we should do the Lord tells us to trust Him – He has the plan for our lives! Proverbs says if we acknowledge Him, He will direct us. The word ‘acknowledge’ here doesn’t mean “oh hey God” like the way we would acknowledge a friend who walked into the room. It has a deeper meaning.

Here the word “acknowledge” comes from the Hebrew word “Yada” which means to deeply know someone. Like knowing your best friend kind of knowing. So the Lord will direct our paths (let us know what to do in life) when we get to know Him. The Lord is all about having a friendship and relationship with us. He wants to let us in on the plans for our lives. In wondering what we should do in life (or this summer!), we are really looking for wisdom.

One of the names for the Lord is Counselor (one with Wisdom). As we search for wisdom the first thing we need to do is seek the Lord. He IS wisdom!

If we could paraphrase Proverbs 3:6 it might sound like this:

‘In everything you do know the Lord and He will guide you in what to do’. Do you ‘know’ the Lord in everything you do?

This summer as you try to make plans (big or little!) I challenge you to learn to know the Lord more as well – then He will help and guide you in making those plans.

 The How To:

Getting to know the Lord is just like getting to know one of your friends!

You get know your friends by:

  • Hanging out with them {The Lord lives in each believer and we can get to know the Lord better by hanging out with Christian friends who will teach us what they know of Him by how they live}
  • Listen to music with them {Listen to worship music or music with Christian lyrics to get to know the Lord more}
  • Facebook tells us what our friends have done {Reading the Bible tells us what the Lord has done}
  • Most importantly we talk with our friends {With the Lord we just call this prayer – tell the Lord about your day – He cares about all the details good or bad}

What are some of the things you do to get to know the Lord better? Or to seek His wisdom as you plan this summer? Please comment below and let us know!

 

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  1. […] In the middle of wondering and worrying about what we should do the Lord tells us to trust Him – He has the plan for our lives! Proverbs says if we acknowledge Him, He will direct us. The word ‘acknowledge’ here doesn’t mean “oh hey God” like the way we would acknowledge a friend who walked into the room. It has a deeper meaning. – Continue Reading. […]

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