“When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.’ Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, ‘Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.'” Matthew 26:1-5
These parallel accounts are fascinating. Jesus prepares His disciples very specifically for what will be taking place in the coming days that will rock their world– namely, His crucifixion, the cruelest punishment for the worst of criminals. Yet concurrently, in a closed-door meeting of the high priest and his cohorts, the religious leaders furtively plot the arrest and death of Jesus, thinking they can plan and carry it out with stealth and control. Little are they aware that the Lord of lords has known all along what will take place and when they will make their move.
We erect our lives. We schedule our days and years. We strategize, we determine. We prepare every nuance and design all details. We plot to perform and succeed and think no one can touch us and nothing can ruin our plans. And all the while, the Ruler of all is carrying out His good and wide and perfect will that involves and controls and swallows ours in one divine gulp.
“The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
Where do I attempt to make plans behind my heart’s closed doors, apart from consulting my Lord, and take pride in my accomplishments as though I was king? Are there instances where I forge ahead out of fear He would delay my wants or efforts, then seek His blessing as an afterthought? Do I hold so tightly to the reins of my life that I miss His better guidance and fail to see His larger purposes?
I grow to know God better as I look for His higher order in all of life and ask ‘what is He teaching?’ There is much freedom and security in trusting His supremacy over my schemes.
“Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth;
shelters you under his wings, and so gently sustaineth!
Have you not seen all that is needful has been
granted in what he ordaineth?” ~Joachim Neander (1680)
Supreme Ruler, You do and can do all things, and none of Your purposes can be thwarted. Humble me before You. Teach me to trust Your plans as I make mine. Conform my thinking to Yours, and align my desires with Your good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Job 42:2; Romans 12:1-2)