Frustrated plans

This morning in the Tenth Presbyterian service, Marion Clark prayed that when our plans are frustrated we might not assume God’s plans are similarly frustrated.

It can be easy to follow that false line of thinking because we often forget that the timescale of eternity is not that of time. We can also make this fundamental mistake because we imagine God to be in our image.

But God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways his ways (Is 55:8). The immense gap should warn us of the danger of attributing our frustration to God.

How foolish it seems in retrospect to attempt to judge one whose judgments are unsearchable and whose ways inscrutable. We rightly ask, “Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?” When our plans are frustrated we can and must say, “for from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen” (Rm 11:33-36)

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