Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
God dumped your plans?
Patti and I since the late 1990’s began making plans upon my retirement from my workplace to relocate to Townsend, Tennessee adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Every time we vacationed there we’d search for just the right place. Before going in the spring of last year we even contacted a real-estate agent but in spite of our years of dreaming and planning God had other plans for us that did not include relocating to eastern Tennessee. So here we are scratching our heads wondering where we go from here. Or should I say where does God want us to go from here?
When I read the daily scripture from IDisciple, “Share you plans with the Lord, and you will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, CEV) After all how could we possibly succeed after God put our plans in the “grave yard for best laid plans”? I again found myself scratching my head and feeling regretful for sharing our plans of moving to the Lord in the first place. I watched our plans go up in smoke then done something stupid. “We should have kept God out of our plans and just gone ahead and moved anyway,” I found myself thinking.
No sooner had I tried to wipe those thoughts out of my mind before God picked up on them when the Holy Spirit nudged me with divine thoughts, “The scripture doesn’t say your plans of moving will succeed. It only says you will succeed could it be God’s plans will bring you a greater success than you could ever imagine?” There’s no way I could argue with that however it did leave me wondering what, when, and where God’s plan would bring us success.
Have you had a similar experience, or are you having a similar experience now? As important and thought provoking as Proverbs 16:3 is to all of us the preceding two verses are equally important, thought provoking, and wisdom for today, tomorrow, and every day following. “We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word. We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives.” (Proverbs 16:1–2, CEV)
Trust God he knows what’s best for us!
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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The LORD gives strength to those who are weary… But those who trust the LORD will find new strength…” (Isaiah 40:29, 31 CEV)
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