“Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?” You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?” Isaiah 29:15-16
This passage caught my attention on two levels. The first thinking that I can hide anything from God, especially my plans. In the world we live in today, you can’t even hide your plans from the internet unless you live without it. Make mention of anything or do a random search; it will soon show up in your ads and emails trying to educate you or sell you what ever you were planning.
I am a planner. I like routines and schedules. I don’t mind down time, or unplanned actives as long as the time is planned for that. I can say “I have Saturday afternoon free.” And still make plans to occupy it with someone or something. I can plan that Saturday afternoon all month. Inevitably it will be occupied with something. I will put things on my husband’s calendar months in advance, but if I am not reminding him, he will forget all about it. When I make plans for something important that doesn’t involve him, I have to give frequent reminders or he will act like he didn’t know about it (And still then sometimes). I am not trying to hide what from him, he just is more spontaneous in his planning than I am.
What I should be doing is asking God how He wants me to occupy my time. He is a much better scheduler than I am. He sees me. He knows me. He has all the days of my life in His book. Why would I try to hide anything from Him or even think that I can. There is no place so dark that God can not see. There is nothing hidden that He can not find.
The second is thinking that I know myself better than my Creator. Although I doubt I have ever said “I know myself better God” my actions have often screamed it. Every time I hear God say to do something, and chose not to, my actions scream “You have no understanding of what I can and can not do.”
I know that God made me. He designed me with special plans and purposes. He has equipped me for everything He called me to be. When I hear His voice, I can act in confidence knowing that even if I fall or fail, He will hold time with His right hand. I don’t need to back down from the challenge, He knows what He made me for.
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