Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What's Next?

Reading through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals God’s thoughtful planning.
Nothing in His creation happened by chance. He wisely created everything to fit together very carefully and logically, in perfect harmony. The fish came after water, grass before animals, and trees before birds. Then when everything was prepared, God created man. God knew what He was doing and where He was going. What a great example for us.

James gave us some insight about planning too. He reminds us that we sometimes begin to do something without even knowing what tomorrow may bring. He seems to be making fun of us when he says, “Now listen, you who go here or there…spend a year here to carry on business…thinking you will make money, but not knowing anything about tomorrow.” Rather he says, “Focus on God’s will!” Great advice!

It is important for us to have visions of what we want to accomplish and plans to make the vision a reality. But we get into difficult situations if our focus is on our self-sufficiency or self-importance. We must humbly rely on God, looking to Him first and foremost, in all that we plan to do. We must always be close enough to Him to hear His voice, and willing to change our plans when He asks. Our plans must agree with His purpose or our work will be in vain.

Prayer: We ask, Father, that You guide us in all that we do and guard us from being self-centered. May we always seek first the Kingdom of God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: James 4:13-17 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 

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