Look round about you, and you will find some failed and abandoned projects. Projects that began so well and looked promising at their inception but failed to reach completion as time went by. Such was the fate of the first grand building project of the early fathers of our present world.
Many years ago, after the flood that destroyed the old world which was survived by Noah and his family, men found a plain in the land of Shinar (Babylonia or Chaldea), and dwelt there. They later decided to build for themselves a city and a tower whose top would reach heaven, to make a name for themselves and to avoid being scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth (Genesis 11:2-4).
They began their grand city and tower project so well. However, in the course of their purposeful undertaking, “The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.” (Genesis 11:5 KJV). And He found that their plan was not in conformity with His original plan for these men. So the LORD did confound the language of the people that they couldn’t understand themselves, and left off their building project and were scattered upon the face of the earth (Genesis 11:6-9). Our early ancestors failed and abandoned their building project, the Tower of Babel, owing to a wrong plan and purpose they had conceived which were contrary to what the Almighty God had foreordained.
Our early fathers decided to make a name for themselves, to seek their own glory, and to restrain themselves from filling all the face of the earth as was pronounced by God unto Noah and his family, just after the flood (Genesis 9:1). Why did they imagine such a vain project against the plan and counsel of God for their generation? They failed to recognize that “there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30 KJV); and that “the LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nought and make the counsel of people of none effect” (Psalms 33:10). “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” (Psalms 33:11 KJV).
It was a waste of time and resources to have plotted a plan and devised some counsel against the LORD. Sadly, that’s what most of us do in our present day and age. We sit to plan and recruit builders unto ourselves against the Almighty’s plan and purpose for our lives. We plan our lives and future without, even, involving God in our thought, and so make ourselves the master builders of our lives. But “the LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” (Psalm 33:13-15 KJV).
Sure, God considers all works done by the sons of men. He comes down to see and access our plans and projects we undertake. He’s got a “master plan” Himself for all of His creation, including YOU – everything that concerns your life. He made this plan long before your birth, at the foundation of the world. The Apostle Paul told Timothy that God “hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9 KJV). That’s even before the world began, He had you in mind and had your life all planned out. For this reason, God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV).
It is beyond our understanding, but that is it. His thoughts and ways are far higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). He has perfectly planned everything to help us fulfil His purpose once on earth till we return to Him in eternity. So Paul told the church at Ephesus, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV). We must know that the Almighty Creator who chose us in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4 KJV), has a great plan for each one of us, and so it’s needless to frustrate ourselves with the wrong plans we conceive and try to actualize, with the help of other “hired humans” as builders.
God, our Heavenly Father, is not against planning. He encourages us to plan, as we are asked to learn lessons on planning from the ant in Proverbs 6:6-8. However, His desire is that we should commit our plans to Him, to acknowledge Him in all our endeavours and the projects we seek to undertake. He has spoken by the Scriptures: “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3 KJV). The Prophet Isaiah said, “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us?” (Isaiah 29:15 KJV). This is because He sees everything and makes all works that rebel against His master plan and counsel to lead to sorrow of heart (Psalms 107:11-13).
Yeah! “He considereth all the works of the sons of men” and annuls and frustrates all enterprises that are out of alignment with His eternal counsel. Woe to those who plan and build according to their own purpose and counsel (James 4:13-14). The LORD makes all plans and purposes of man that are contrary to, and rebel against His counsel to end in misery and sorrow of heart. He does this to bring man back to Him, and to humble man to submit to His eternal counsel.
We must heartily seek His eternal plan and purpose for our lives and save ourselves from sorrow of heart. It’s time we trust the LORD with our projects since He’s got the right plan, and He is the BEST Builder. He takes the foolish things of the world and makes something awesome from them; He makes something magnificent from the weak and despised things of the world (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
King David said, “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel…because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” (Psalms 16:7-8 KJV).
Let’s go after the LORD’s wise counsel and we would be unmovable. Let’s surrender our lives, with all of our intended projects unto the MASTER BUILDER, and we shall never have failed and abandoned projects. Stay Blessed!