Saturday, June 1, 2019

It Takes More Than Good Plans

It had been a long, trying and tiring day. It seemed as though there was one demand after another - each more consuming than the preceding one. While sitting alone and looking out the window at a yard filled with pine trees, my little dog Bella came and sat at my feet. Finally, I thought, here’s someone who has come to comfort me.
Shortly after she sat down and looked into my eyes, she began to bark loudly. Not wanting to be disturbed, I tried to avoid looking at her - hoping she would come to the conclusion that I did not want to be bothered. It didn’t work. She persisted until I looked at her, shook my head, got up from my chair, and fed her. What I find so amazing is that she expects to be fed at the same time each day. It is as though she has a plan in place organized around a clock. Not so, because she does not have the ability to plan. Only man, created in the image of God, has been given the ability to plan. It is a God-given gift and to be used to glorify and honor the Lord. And notice, if you will, that it comes from the heart - our very essence - the sum total of all the gifts God has given to us.
Notice also, “the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.” We may make the most intricate, time-consuming and carefully designed plans for what we think is best for us and others. But, in the end, only God knows what is best for every situation, decision, problem or plan.
We must always recognize the sovereignty of God in all things. We must wait upon Him to speak to us and give us the assurance that our plans agree with His Word and will!
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to understand that the best plans ever conceived will fail without Your blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:1 To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. 

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