The Plans of Men

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

This volcano in Iceland affected the plans of air travelers in Europe for several days.  This unexpected event could not be planned for by man.  Historically, its neighboring volcano has been known to erupt shortly afterwards with a potential of 100 times the intensity which could affect the entire globe.

Proverbs 19:21  Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (NIV)

I was recently at a technical conference where the presenter shared the overall data/information creation and storage projections of companies in the U.S.     The numbers were given in terms of exabytes (or characters: a, b, c, 1, 2, 3, etc.).  An exabyte is 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 (260) bytes.  Does all of this storage really matter in the end?  Man spends all of his time devising plans to achieve wealth, power, and immortality without regard of Our Heavenly Father’s purpose for the planet.  In a most subtle fashion, this is an attempt to exalt oneself above Our Heavenly Father and is a form of man’s judgment.  Man’s ego is at the center of this intent.  Just as man was exalting himself at the Tower of Babel, today’s society is attempting to create another “Tower”.  Man’s plan just won’t fly!  This volcanic event superseded all of man’s travel plans in Europe… and without notice… a Black Swan event.  Volcanic ash & particles have a cooling impact on the weather in the affected areas.  So much for global warming!

Wouldn’t be a better use of time and energy to simply seek the LORD’s purpose.  By the way, all those exabytes should be backed up every night to storage media so you won’t lose your data.  What a mess we are creating!

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