Saturday - November 5, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Acts 9:1-22
There is an expression that people often use: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” but is often shortened to “the best laid plans.” It is a proverbial expression used to signify the futility of making detailed plans when the ability to fully, or even partially, execute them is uncertain. I would also like to add, “Especially when God has something else in mind.”
I have no doubt that Saul had a detailed plan when he went to Damascus in Acts 9. That is, until Jesus showed up. He had been making plans to arrest, and possibly execute, Christians if need be. But his “best laid plans” were interrupted when Jesus had something else in mind for Saul. Jesus’ plans are not just about changing Saul’s agenda; He had plans to change his mission and his life. God said of Saul in Acts 9:15 that “he was a chosen vessel of Mine” (NKJV). God’s plan was for Saul to bear the name of Jesus to the Gentiles, and that is exactly what Saul (Paul) did.
All of us have plans for our lives, whether it be career choices, where to live, who we might marry, but just as Saul was a “chosen vessel,” so are we. God has a plan for you. You may have had other arrangements, or plans of your own, but God’s plan for you will win out every time.
Application: You have probably noticed a few little hints of things He has in store for you - maybe a few of you “best laid plans” didn’t work out, and you could not explain it at the time. Consider letting go and submitting to His will for your life. His plans for you are much better than the ones you have for yourself!