Jean Oathout will share some thoughts about our plans, and God's plans for us.
Have you noticed how many of your plans don't pan out? Have you wondered why that is?
We are supposed to make plans, but many of us are finding that if we want the best to happen, there is something to consider...what God's plan for us might be. (See Prov. 16:9)
We need to ask God: "What do You want to share with me about my plans?" It may very well give you a bigger perspective, if you do. (See Prov. 19:20; Prov. 3:5, 6)
As the Lord has the over-all picture of your life, He can, and does know what would be best to have happen, which will be to your good, and would bring Him glory at the same time. (See Prov. 19:8)
When You're living in relationship with God, yourOur keeping a good attitude and being flexible when our plans change, can help us adjust to changes. Some good questions for us all to ask is:
plans will change, but in time, you'll understand.
Am I living in the way that God wants me to?
When a crisis comes, is how I react pleasing to Him?
Obedience to what the changes may be and trusting God's guidance, shows validation in our faith that He really does know best, as our ways are not His ways. (see Is. 55:8)
(From my notes of Bill Hull's sermon 6/12/15)
Dr. Charles F. Stanley - "To overcome doubts, spend time in the Word to learn God's principles and ways. Then you'll begin to grasp what He wants to achieve in your life and how He goes about it. Examine your past from a biblical perspective—faith will grow as you see the unexpected ways He's answered your prayers." (Taken from IN TOUCH Daily readings for devoted living July 2015, p.30)
Father, I pray that you'll help me
be determined to read Your Word every
day, so that I can better understand what you want to accomplish in my life.
When things don't go as I plan, may
I be flexible, so I can accept what turns
out to actually be best for me.
May I learn to realize that Your plan for me will bring You glory and be good for me, too.
I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
by Lee Forbes