brainstormWe humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. (Proverbs 19:21, MSG)

Ever fall in love with one of your plans?

You studied and researched long hours.

You considered all possible outcomes.

You ran the numbers in every way.

Your plan was perfect.

Until you implemented it.

It failed.


What happened?

Proverbs puts it this way: We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.

When I interview Christian business people for our podcast Faith Positive Radio, one of the four questions that guide the conversation is: “What challenges do you face in your work?”

Repeatedly, I hear a response like: “I forget to include God in my planning. Then when something goes wrong, I remember to pray.”

You get sideways.

Then you pray.

How’s that working for you?

Not so well, eh?

Despite your most creative brainstorming of options and plans, you neglected to access the Brain above all Brains, the Cosmic-Sized Planner of Ultimate Plans, the Purposeful One—God.

I do it, too.

Less often than I once did. I grew tired of the chronic frustration, fear, and failure. After all, how much sense does it make to forget to consult the Creator of the Universe whose purpose will get done with or without me?

The first commandment Moses received was “Have no other gods before me.”

Unfortunately, our favorite false god is ourselves.

Idolatry starts at home.

Look in the mirror.

That’s your favorite fake idol.

Why else would you continue to brainstorm options and plans alone?

Today, decide to pray first when considering options and plans.

First, confess to God, “I’ve chosen myself above you lately. Please forgive me.”

This admission clears your heart for focusing on God.

Second, tell God, “I could come up with all sorts of options and plans on my own, and yet I want your purpose to be realized here.”

This expressed desire clears your head for receiving the mind of Christ.

Third, say to God, “I want to glorify you through my work. Show me how in this situation.”

This removal of yourself from the limelight empties your hands to receive God’s plan of purpose and the commiserate tools to accomplish it.

Today, make God’s purpose your first choice so you increase your faith with greater joy at work as you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

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