To Juggle or Not to Juggle

605d5f376be6ba1bbf2cfed58e5b6128It is so easy to get caught up in life.  We make plans for ourselves, forgetting about the ultimate Plan Maker.  Sometimes, this is just us getting excited, caught up, and we move forward.  Sometimes, it is us being overwhelmed and trying to figure things out as best we can – trying to juggle everything we have going without letting anything fall and shatter (or maim us on its way down).

   It will be utterly desolate.

Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you.

   You have forgotten the Rock who can hide you.

So you may plant the finest grape vines

   and import the most expensive seedlings.

They may sprout on the day you set them out;

   yes, they may blossom on the very morning you plant them,

but you will never pick any grapes from them.

   Your only harvest will be a load of grief and unrelieved pain.

Isaiah 17:9b-11

However, we forget to base those things on “the God who can save.”  If we do not work in his glory, if we try to make our world our own instead of His, we end up with a load of grief and unrelieved pain.  Notice, it doesn’t say you won’t make money or some worldly success if you rely on yourself; it says they may sprout on the same day, blossom the very morning…but they will never bring peace.  We see this in the world around us all the time – both intentionally and unintentionally.  There are many people who are highly successful in worldly standards, but perhaps not in God’s

Our plans might not even be bad, but prayerful reflection can help us have a better perspective, bigger picture, and confidence to move forward in His will.

I need this reminder OFTEN.  I need to reflect on what God’s plan is more than what my plan is or what I want.

Then at last the people will look to their Creator

   and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

They will no longer look to their idols for help

   or worship what their own hands have made.

They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles

   or worship at the pagan shrines they have built.

Isaiah 17:7-8

Ultimately, so much of what we worship, by investing most of our time, money, and energy, gets us nothing in the end.  In the end, it is just us and our Savior.  His love for us is so great that He is always there waiting for us to realize our focus needs to be on Him, not on any earthly idols or shrines we have built up in our lives.  When nothing is left, God is left.  We can turn our eyes to Him when the desolation, literal or figurative, hits.

How much trouble would we save ourselves if we could start with a Godly focus than a worldly focus?  If we would keep our eyes on our Creator, instead of turning our eyes to Him later?

-S

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