Prayer for Week of June 23 — God Has A Ridiculous Plan For Your Life
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What a wonderful Scripture! It’s quoted so often when trying to explain that “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” It’s true enough, I suppose, that God has a wonderful plan for my life and for your life. Although, I don’t think the plan is as obvious as we think it is or as practical as we think it should be. It would seem like a no-brainer that I should be on the mission field living in a hut. And yet I’m sitting at my computer desk in Southern California and driving an 11-seater Suburban.
“Notice God’s unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say – God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is.” (Oswald Chambers)
I think perhaps it would be more truthful to tell people, “God has a ridiculous plan for your life.” Then at least they know what they getting into if they say “yes” to the will of God. At least we could be upfront with people by telling them that following God will mean doing goofy things from time-to-time that defy all logic and reason. Following God may mean putting aside your talents in order to do something at which you may feel completely inept. Following God may just mean looking foolish in the eyes of your family and friends. But, also following God will mean that where we are weakest He is strong, because God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the mighty and the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
Prince Guneratnum, a pastor from Malaysia, says, “If you are willing to do the ridiculous, God is ready to do the impossible!” Yes, God does indeed have some ridiculous plans!
Imagine building a humongous boat no where near the ocean, all the while being mocked by your neighbors. Noah was willing to do the ridiculous.
Imagine seeing the Savior walking on the water and having the nerve to say, “If it is you, bid me to come to you.” And the Savior didn’t reply, “Swim on out” or “Grab a surf board and paddle your way to me.” When the Savior said, “Come!” why didn’t Peter unhitch the life boat and float on over? God had a ridiculous plan for Peter’s life.
Imagine being outnumbered and out-muscled by a city with high walls. Those behind the walls mocked the children of Israel. But, led by Joshua, for whom God clearly had a ridiculous plan in mind, the people silently marched around the city, believing the walls would come down if they obeyed.
Imagine the prophet Elisha telling a man his leprosy will be healed if he washed seven times in some dirty body of water. Naaman was willing to do the ridiculous and he saw the miraculous.
It seems to me that most of the plans of God are neither logical nor practical. They are ridiculous, unimaginable, whimsical, off-the-wall and off-the-charts. We may as well get used to it.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Lord, give me Your eyes to see the paths you want me to take. Give me Your grace to be willing to take them. Give me the courage to take them. And give me blinders to not worry about what people–including myself!–think. Amen!