January 10, 2008 at 6:56 am | Posted in Bible, Change, Family, Isaiah, Plans | Leave a comment

blueprint.jpgIn my last post, I shared with you the coming changes to our household.  So change is coming, what’s next?  Planning.   Knowing how much there will be to decide…curriculum to buy, schedules to make out, lessons to create…planning early will be a key to having a good year.

I’ve been reading Isaiah in the Message.  (Yes, I am still reading the Message.  I have missed countless days in my pursuit, but I will not give up!)  In Isaiah 22, it is speaking of a coming attack on Jerusalem.  The city is seen making plans to fortify themselves the best they can.

You assessed your defenses that Day, inspected your arsenal of weapons in the Forest Armory. You found the weak places in the city walls that needed repair. You secured the water supply at the Lower Pool. You took an inventory of the houses in Jerusalem and tore down some to get bricks to fortify the city wall. You built a large cistern to ensure plenty of water. 

These all were good and logical plans.  They assessed what they had, strengthened weak areas, and secured necessities.  But God was not pleased.  Why?  The answer is found in the next verse…

You looked and looked and looked, but you never looked to him who gave you this city, never once consulted the One who has long had plans for this city.

Their fault…they didn’t turned to God for help.  They didn’t consult the One with the master plan.  They relied on what seemed best without seeking God first. 

Don’t you love God’s timing?  Yes, I have a lot of planning to do, but there is a lesson here is for me.   I need to go to God first and make sure I consult Him each step of the way.  I will not make the same mistake Judah made because I know the One with the master plan and I will look to Him first. 


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