Most of the time I structure my day around either a planning calendar or to-do list. I do this or else I will forget something that needs to be done. Although it’s good to plan out our work, we must always keep in mind that God has the ultimate say over what happens each day. The Bible tells us- “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV We can make our plans, but it is ultimately up to God as to whether or not those plans will come to pass. Perhaps what God has planned for today is far different from what we had in mind. Sometimes God sees things that we can’t see. Sometimes He knows that there is something that needs to be done that is far more important than what we had on our list.
There are numerous examples of this in the Bible. Take for instance Peter’s healing of the man in the Temple.
Acts 3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. NIV
Who but God knew that this would be the day that this particular man would be healed? Who but God knew that this one act of mercy would open the door for Peter to preach the gospel to many? Who but God knew that this one message would bring 5,000 men to Christ? Who but God knew that this event would help make the church even stronger?
Planning calendars and sticky notes can be very beneficial in helping us get our work done; however, they must never stand in the way of God’s will. Only God knows what great things can be accomplished this day.