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One Sure Plan

August 25, 2014 by  
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One Sure Plan       
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson
We typically do not peruse the Mike Tyson archives for wisdom, but he states a poignant truth. An interviewer once informed Tyson that an opponent of his was planning to use lateral movement and keep Tyson at the end of his jab. Tyson replied, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
A lot of experience has given Tyson reason to hold such a belief. As humans, we always seem to have a plan. After a few circumstances beyond our control (nothing is ever really in our control), we fall back on a contingency plan or “plan B”, and fall into straight paranoia… and crumble. How many of Tyson’s opponents came in with a plan to either tie Tyson up on the inside, or just keep away from him and pick their shots? How many of them stuck with their plan upon feeling Tyson’s leather hitting their mouth? How many times do we as Christians digress from God’s plan for our lives, trying to utilize a plan of our own?
As followers of Christ, it is important to acknowledge whose plan laid down the foundation of the universe and masters its every square inch. It is imperative to remember that the depth of our oceans exist according to His command, yet He is the author of our lives and no circumstance is beyond His control— including our petty circumstances, or “life’s punches to the mouth,” that are so big to us, but nothing when compared to the power of our sovereign King.
Our plans must always begin with looking for God, the source of all wisdom. Christ must be the solid rock on which we stand because all other ground is sinking sand (Matthew 7:24-27).  In the Bible, God commands us through Solomon, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We cannot fathom the power of God’s spirit. Words cannot grasp just how mighty He is. God created from nothing and sustains His universe and beyond, according to His will. Yet more often than not, we don’t trust God, lean on our own understanding, and crumble and fall like the scared Tyson opponent or a house built on the sand. Why?
Man is a creature whose soul yearns for peace and humility (Isaiah 26:8), but instead, we take comfort in the tangibles. We cling to false confidence, plans, and measures as a means of avoiding life’s next big punch. So God allows us to endure times of testing, or “life’s punch in the mouth,” to bring us back to what our souls’ desire—a life lived according to His will, not ours (Psalm 66:10). We must realize that life’s punches refine us. They serve as a reminder to turn back to Jesus, our sure foundation. If life didn’t have problems, what desire would we have to choose God? Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Living life with and for God is the only plan that will endure all life’s punches, while still having peace and contentment in our lives. As fallible creatures following an infallible God, we often fall short. The product is the feeling of life’s punch. As Christians, we will get punched. But as long as we stand upon the Rock, we will endure and thrive.
God created us for His righteous and victorious purpose. He molded us according to His plan. Therefore, anything we do outside of His plan and according to our own will, leads to ruin, be it now or later. To not include the Creator and Sustainer of our lives in our decisions and plans is plain foolish. It is like the young child who sees his/her parents as an obstacle in his/her life, but then gets lost at the carnival. It is at this point, there is nothing the child wants more than mommy or daddy’s familiar face. Our souls’ desire is to willfully surrender control of our lives to God and get back to His purpose for our lives.  “For I KNOW (emphasis added) the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Believe it. God who created it all has that special plan for our lives.  We must trust in that plan or get punched in the mouth again and again until we crumble.
J.J. Speelmanjjspeelman is a Christian, conservative writer, father, and husband. His articles have appeared in American Thinker and The DC Post. He can be reached at JJSpeelman@aol.com.

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