God’s Agenda and Our Agenda

“…  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)

I find it intriguing to know that in little genes that cannot be seen with the naked eye the genetic heritage of a human being is determined:  how high their head will be from the sidewalk, the color of their eyes, their hair, the capacity of their intellectual gifts, their athleticism and even mannerisms are all wrapped up in microscopic genes.

In this inspired Psalm, David – a great warrior, king, man after the heart of God and hymn writer –  tells us that before we existed as genes God had determined the days we would live on this earth.  The Living Bible Paraphrase reads that before we existed God had an agenda for every day we were to live on this earth.

One day my wife and I woke up and prayed together that if our agenda for that day did not agree with God’s agenda we were willing to be preempted.  While we were having lunch with our pastor son later that day, I realized I was having a heart attack.  While the 911 people were taking me out the door I said to my wife, “Looks like we’re being preempted big time!”

They were able to turn things around before it became a full blown heart attack. However, that experience gave my wife and me a perspective we will never forget.  There is God’s agenda and there is our agenda for every day we live.  How should that truth impact the way we plan our agendas each day?  Are we really willing to be preempted by God’s agenda every day?

3 Responses to God’s Agenda and Our Agenda

  1. PJ says:

    I am ready to bow before God’s agenda, which is probably judgment. While I pray for repentance and revival, sinful, idolatrous Israel looks to me like today. Num.14:34 (NIV) says “you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.” Like you, I am old enought to remember when we were one nation under God. Alas! But we are His, He loves us, and His Glory will prevail.

  2. Rob Smith says:

    I’m just glad that He has an agenda for me. Certainly my personal agenda tends to wander a bit.

  3. Shere Perry says:

    Hey Dad!
    This is one I can re-read every day! Looking for God’s purpose for me each day, and learning to listen for His voice in my life helps me to align my agenda with His. Love your illustration of being “preempted”. That was a BIG one, huh? It’s comforting thinking about the fact that all things come from God when we are His children…even the scary stuff…We don’t have to be afraid, and nothing is random. It all has a purpose! LOVE your blog, Dad! And LOVE YOU! Bumpsie

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