Is Someone Missing?
by C.A. Phillips
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
Proverbs 21:30 (NIV)
I’ve been going through God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life by Timothy Keller. It’s 365 devotions from the Book of Proverbs, and has been an incredible blessing to me in 2021.
The very first line from a devotional earlier this week stopped me in my tracks. Keller wrote, “At one level this proverb (Proverbs 21:30, above) means that if you set yourself against God to defy His will, you will end up only accomplishing His will at your own expense.”
Read that again. God’s plan WILL be accomplished, regardless of what we’re bound and determined to accomplish.
What Keller is saying here, essentially, is that often times we just choose to make things much harder on ourselves than we need to. How? By leaving God out of the equation. Sometimes it’s because we get ahead of Him. Other times, we aim to leave Him out of the picture altogether in an act of willful disobedience.
I could be the absolute best at anything in the world, have the most thorough research, and spent years meticulously piecing together the plan for executing my ultimate goal in life. And, by my very own standards, I could be “successful,” yet still have not accomplished God’s will.
Further, if I purposefully leave God out of it (perhaps I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to alter my course of action and disregarded it), then I have actually set myself up for disaster by putting distance between me and God. And, not only that…I have made God my adversary.
God loves us too much to abandon us, and He loves us so much that He’ll discipline us when we get off course. That’s when life begins to get painful – when the Holy Spirit intervenes to course-correct. But, remember, God’s will WILL be done!
So, we have a choice to make: we can continue to try to elude Him, and delay the inevitable. Or, we can embrace His plan, and be secure in His sovereignty. It doesn’t mean life gets easier – but, it does mean you can abide in Him as you obey and depend on Him.
God will have His way either way. So, which course are you going to choose?
C.A. Phillips is a lifelong sports enthusiast and youth baseball coach, and currently serves as the Communications Pastor and Director of Men’s Groups at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga. He lives in Kennesaw with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Chaz and Chandler.
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