Spontaneity or Planning – In The Flesh?

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

There are some times when i experience some confusion in understanding how God likes best to work in regard to spontaneity and planning. Many times i think its best to be unprepared and let God move spontaneously. Then other times, that God works best through diligent preparation, study, and planning. Why torture myself trying to make one right and the other wrong? Why not both?

  • Spontaneous In The Flesh?

    In the case of the spontaneous, there is the idea that this is a symptom of laziness or a lack of understanding regarding the value God has placed on
    certain disciplines the spontaneous Christian is deficient in? The “take no thought beforehand” verse (Mk 13:11) often quoted is actually for a specific
    situation when we have a chance to speak to RULERs–where we are most likely to plan to say the right thing. Get it? This verse is given in particular to remove my fleshly tendency to over-plan when i am about to be hauled in front of a famous, impressive, or intimidating person. Bu,t in general doesn’t God usually honor preparation and study–as opposed to flippancy and laziness? Isn’t an emphasis on spontaneity a display of disrespect for what God holds in high regard, or even certain spiritual gifts of others? As a discipline here, i should be encouraged to seek the Lord in the secret place, to stand in His council, and to come prepared with a song or insight or praise (1Cr 14:26).

    On the spontaneous side perhaps i am merely reacting to the form and function of tradition with no regard or reliance on the Holy Spirit. Have i seen God use and anoint planning. Maybe i have seen it more often lead to dead religion. When i see real Spirit-led planning in action, i readily accept it.

  • Planning In The Flesh?

    In some cases i am one of the over-preparation types, my planning to the point of rigidity may be a symptom of a lack of trust in the leading of the Holy Spirit? Shouldn’t i be ready to submit to a higher need or greater good that might arise? Is my emphasis on preparation a display of disrespect for the leadership of the Holy Spirit, or even certain spiritual gifts of others? As a discipline here, when i have a tendency towards rigid planning i should temper that attitude with the reality that God may have a different theme, direction, agenda, or order for a meeting, and be consistently sensitive to this. i do not want to be found locked into my “deep studies” of “who the Sons of God are” if someone is contemplating suicide in the group. i do not to ever make an idol or become defensive about an agenda or plan, but always be ready and submissive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

    When i am in preparation mode i may be merely reacting to the oft experienced “dead air” that can result when God is put to the test for my lack of preparation. Possibly i have forgotten the times God uses and anoints spontaneity. i have seen it lead to dumb stares and embarrassment. When i see real Spirit-led spontaneity in action, i readily accept it.

  • These extremes can be made to balance, like iron sharpening iron, in submission and respect to each other, with the result being that God
    can use both spontaneity and preparation to His glory.

1 Cor 14:40 (NIV) Let all things be done decently and in order.

Col 2:5 (NIV) For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you
in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are…


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