Planners and Pencils…I am His Child

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I’m a list maker. I love to-do lists and plotting and planning. I still use a paper planner. I tried the iPhone version and it just never took. I like to see things laid out in ink, nice and clear. Well, pencil. I only write in my planner in pencil because guess what…plans change, right?

As much as I’d like my plans to work out the first time, I would say that 75% of the time, I find myself applying eraser to said planner and going for plan B. Sometimes plan C, sometimes plan D, E, F, G, or Z.

Isaiah has something to say about planning also.

Open your Bibles to Isaiah 30:1-11, or read below.

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord,
“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit,
    that they may add sin to sin;
who set out to go down to Egypt,
    without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
    and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
    and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
For though his officials are at Zoan
    and his envoys reach Hanes,
everyone comes to shame
    through a people that cannot profit them,
that brings neither help nor profit,
    but shame and disgrace.”

An oracle on the beasts of the Negeb.

Through a land of trouble and anguish,
    from where come the lioness and the lion,
    the adder and the flying fiery serpent,
they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys,
    and their treasures on the humps of camels,
    to a people that cannot profit them.
Egypt’s help is worthless and empty;
    therefore I have called her
    “Rahab who sits still.”

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.
For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
10 who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
    let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Well, that’s eye opening. How’s that mirror of sin for ya?

I would say that two segments really stick out to me, in light of our study of the word “Child.”

Verse 1 –

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord,
“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit,
    that they may add sin to sin;

Plans, yep. How often do I carry out, or more accurately, attempt to carry out plans of my own, rather than the Lord’s. I’m actually in a situation right now, as I type, that makes me want to go one direction, when I know the Lord is calling me to wait on His direction.

Have you ever been in a situation where you avoid hearing God’s Truth because you have a better idea? No, no, it’s just me? Say it isn’t so!

I don’t think it is. God’s Word in Isaiah simply points out the path of original sin. The Old Adam in us wants to plan and plot and follow our own way. In Christ, and only in Christ, can we tell Old Adam to talk to the hand. In our baptisms, Christ Jesus raises us as believers that can do a new thing. We can turn a new direction.

Verse 9 –

For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;

We are no longer these lying children. We are no longer “children unwilling to hear”.

We are sons.

Look up the following verses and share with me the joy of sonship. (The first is written in to get you started.)

John 1:12-13

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Galatians 4:4-5

We are adopted into a better plan.

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How’s that for life changing?

Bring on Your plans, Lord. Erase mine all you want. I give it to you.

 

Exploration:

Are you a planner person? How important is planning to you?

What area of your life could you use more flexibility?

Pray with me.

Oh Lord God, help us to wait on You, to watch for Your plans, to study Your word, to see your direction. Let our ears be ever open to Your instruction, Your voice, Your Truth. In Jesus, always and only, we pray. Amen.

7 thoughts on “Planners and Pencils…I am His Child”

  1. I am a planner. I use a paper planner and ink (it gets messy sometimes)! I often have to adjust my thinking when “my ” plans don’t turn out. This was a wonderful reminder. Thank you! Blessings on you and your family. You are a blessing to me. 🙂

  2. I am SUCH a planner!!! I am sure God just chuckles when He sees me writing in my calendar. I too never got into the electronic calendaring. I have to write things out, partly to remember them! I used to get so consumed with worry if things didn’t go according to my (wonderful) planning, but I have learned over the years that God’s plans are always better. Always. Notice I said years? I could still (and am still) learning to be flexible in planning, especially in how I use my free time. That is one area where I need the rest, the “me” time to do something I want to do, not something I have to do; but I don’t want to waste it on stuff that doesn’t matter, since there isn’t much of it to start with! I pray God will continue to teach me through His Word. Thank you for this study, I love it!

  3. Am I a planner? One time my oldest child found my planner (she was a little girl at the time) and said, “Here, Mom. Here’s your Bible.” Ouch. She mistook it for my Bible, but it showed how often I looked at my planner.
    I could use more flexibility in the area of spontaneous hospitality.

  4. These sonship verses are also some of my favorite verses. I smile when I read them. Ephesians 1:3-6 – God chose us to be His before the foundation of the world. Wow! Galatians 4:4-5 – God sent His Son at just the right time to make us His children!

    I am a planner. It is very important to me. I get stressed when we get closer to a date or event and have no plan.

    I could use more flexibility in about anything, even waiting for others to come up with a plan!

  5. 1. Yes! I am a planner person. I have to keep track of our schedules in my phone, on a calendar at home, and I have a small planner that I use to write down everything and each thing has it’s color. So, I’m planned and everything need to be organized by color.
    2. What area could use more flexibility? My necessity to plan everything. There is not much room for spontaneity. If I could more flexibile, I would be more spontaneous! 🙂

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