God’s Long-Term Plans

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So, let’s talk about today.

What are your plans? Lunch with a friend? Washing the car? Perhaps a grocery store run to restock the pantry.

How about tomorrow, or the weekend, or how about next summer?

What are your plans then? Do you have important things scheduled, events and activities that must fall into place, or you don’t know how you’ll get to the other side of each day?

What are you willing to set aside if God has other plans for your year? Or, maybe for your life?

Psalm 39:4-5 says we need to rethink the importance of our plans.

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you.”

There’s one more line to this passage that says, “Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!”

Here’s the point the psalmist is making: God’s scale of time is different than ours. The Great Creator breathes in and breathes out, and that simple action eclipses the totality of humanity’s time here on earth.

What does that mean to us? We need to rethink the scale of our plans. That house we’re planning, the really big one that will finally give us enough room? It will return to dust before God can release the breath he just took in.

That car, that job, that significant other we just fell in love with . . . those things make up our days, but they shouldn’t eclipse our long-term plans.

Our eternity will be with our Lord. That’s what should consume our minutes and hours and days.

So, build that house. Buy that car. Get a better job, and choose a life partner that will enhance who you are. Just don’t forget the important thing:

God is forever, and we can’t forget that our plans must include him.

We should live like we have forever, because we do.

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