Want to Make God Laugh?
Psalm 2:2-6 (NRSV)-
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
We go about our lives, making plans, and preparing for the future. Yet, more often than not, we only reach out to God when our plans fail or we do not meet our desired goals. And, in these moments, frustration takes over.
When frustration takes over, we ask, “God, how could you let this happen?”
Our failed plans are not God’s fault. Rather than blaming God when our plans fail, we can avoid heartaches by trusting God from the beginning. And, after all, his plans are better than our plans.
Regarding our plans, there is an old saying that, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” He who sits in the heavens laughs when he hears our plans, because, God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful, does not need our suggestions and has everything under control.
Since he has everything under control, God knows what is best for us. And, he loves us too much to let us settle for anything else. So, our good and generous God wills more for us more than we think.
When making decisions and planning our lives, we can seek God’s will, or we can waste a lot of time and energy fighting him. One leads to God’s blessings and the other leads to his correction. And, like a good parent, in order to give us his best, God is willing to say “no” to what we want, even if that means we have a few meltdowns along the way.
Today, as we plan and make decisions, let’s seek God’s will, find refuge in him, and trust that his plans are always better than the ones we make for ourselves.
Father God, your will is perfect. So, please teach us to trust that your plans are better than ours. And, when planning and making decisions, please guide us to seek your will in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!