God’s Designs and Plans

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“He also drove out the nations before them and apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.”
Psalm 78:55 NASB

Gerardus Kremer developed a new way to look at the world. Born in Belgium on this day in 1512, he became the leading mapmaker of the sixteenth century (after adopting the Latin form of his name, “Mercator”).

He won lasting fame because of his world map of 1569, which introduced a new way to show the earth. This method, called the “Mercator Projection,” proved ideal for navigation, and is still used. He also was the first person to use “atlas” to describe a collection of maps.

We can forget how powerful maps were to people of his time. They were political and military tools, not just ways to identify places or provide directions. Mercator was sensitive to these issues, and even once was arrested when a suspicious leader was upset with his maps.

Yet, he was bold enough to draw subtleties that conveyed his true leanings. And, as a Christian, he remained concerned about spiritual things.

The Bible makes it clear that God cares about boundaries and land. Often He defined the territory for His people. The psalmist said that He “apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement.” These boundaries and measurements reflect the fact that He has a plan for the nations, and for each person. Yes, He is a God of designs and plans. He knows the scope of our lives, where we should focus our attention, what we should do. Our past and our future.

Today, remember that God has a plan for you. And the key to success, fulfillment, and happiness is living in accord with His plan. Commit your life to Him. Fill your mind and heart with His Word, and make it the foundation of every decision. Let Him direct and guide you.


Prayer: Father, I commit my life to You. Direct my steps, and guide me by Your Spirit. Show me what You want to do with my life. I desire to please You and serve You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.