Let God do the outlining

"What is thy Father's plan/For His beloved son?" Christian Science Hymnal, No. 382. are words from a favorite hymn. This question could be asked in humility by anyone seeking the solution to a problem, whatever it may be. To pray to be willing to fit in with His plan is divinely right. God knows nothing of human plans, nor does He outline human outcomes. His plan for man is good, though—far beyond and above that which we could outline for ourselves. As the Psalmist says, "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot." Ps. 16:5. What more could we desire than divine maintenance of our destiny?

One might ask, How much of our own planning is good, and how much is mere human outlining? It is certainly wise to plan ahead for any worthwhile activity, but this should be done under divine guidance and with accompanying prayer. On the other hand, a preconceived, rigid outline of how one thinks his affairs should work out is the result of human will and is liable to block, temporarily, the unlimited avenues for good that our Father has for us. Human will closes our thought to divine unfoldment. Truth unfolds to our waiting thought as we are receptive and put our trust in God. Even when confronted with the crucifixion, Christ Jesus said, "Not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42.

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