Proverbs 19: 21 The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.
The church I lead is making lots of plans these days, as well we should. The post-pandemic church is shaping up very differently than the pre-pandemic church. And there’s no question that the post-pandemic world will be VERY different than the pre-pandemic world. And so it makes sense that a church wanting to reach our world with the love of Jesus has to adapt to remain fruitful. And so… the planning continues.
But not all plans are of God. The problem is we usually don’t know this in advance. We do our best to discern where God is leading. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong. But as this verse reminds us, the success or failure of our plans is really not the objective is it?
The objective is for the purposes of God to be established upon the earth. It is God who bears the burden for outcomes, not us. And thank God for that! Amen.