If you aim for nothing, you are sure to hit it. That is true in our world, and it is true in our spiritual lives as well. As you look at Paul in the New Testament, he was certainly not in some ethereal float through life as he depended on the Holy Spirit. He was a man on a mission, laying out plans with great spiritual purpose. In multiple instances, he mentioned his plan to visit Rome and with Rome as a base, he intended to journey to Spain.
In the Corinthian letters, he planned to stay in Ephesus, and then journey from there to Macedonia and then to Corinth. I picture him hovering over a map like a General planning his next move in the great battle of faith. The only problem is he had to alter his plans… on many different occasions. Paul understood, as the old book taught, that though man plans his way, God directs the steps. Paul recognized that though we are to plan and purpose, our plans must be yielded to God who is ultimately in control of our lives.
This will certainly be unnerving to many of us unless we recognize and embrace what God has stated in Ezekiel - that his plan for us is good. In other words, we can trust His plan. This was certainly proven true for a couple named Aquila and Priscilla. They were Jews, comfortably living in Rome until an imperial edict forced them to leave the capital city. Their plan was altered to be sure.
But their being out of control, meant that God was in control in a wonderful way.
From Rome, they journeyed to Corinth where they established their new home. There in their new home in Corinth, they met a traveling apostle named Paul, who in turn introduced them to Jesus. There could be no more wonderful altering of their plan, for a better plan.
As we journey through life, by all means, let’s make our plans and purposes but may we hold lightly to our plan, for God may have a different plan, and it is going to be a good plan.
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