Tag Archive | God’s plan for your life

Proverbs 10:4 ” Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Let’s look at this verse  beyond just comparing a sluggard to a hard-working individual.  Rather, I’d like you to apply this verse to your work for the Lord.  Do you feel your life is full of steady, earnest and energetic efforts in fulfilling the Lord’s plan and purpose in your life?  Or do you feel your spiritual life is dominated mainly by apathy,and idleness?  Lazy hands and for that matter, lazy hearts, cause us to squander the gifts God has so graciously given us.  But diligent hands not only brings spiritual wealth, but an abundance of peace and joy to the worker.

Galatians 2:13 ” The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.”

No matter how spiritually strong we are, anyone of us can stray from the will of God.  Here Simon Peter, nicknamed the Rock,  of which Jesus had said, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church,” caved under man’s pressure.  Peter had been fellowshipping with Christian Gentiles until a group of Jews showed up and started pressuring him to stop.  He was afraid that his reputation and standing might be questioned…fearful of what they might think of him…so he separated himself from the Gentiles…taking everyone with him, including Barnabas.  Isaiah 51:12-13 asks this question, “Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker?”  It’s a dangerous slippery slope when we start fearing man rather than God…afraid of what people may think of us rather than doing God’s will.  Peer pressure can be tremendous, for we all want to fit in and be liked…but when it causes us to deviate from God’s plan…it effects everyone around us.

Galatians 1:15 “When it pleased God…”

How many times have I put God in a little box…expecting Him to behave in a certain manner, showing up and fulfilling His duties, only to see Him move in a completely  unexpected and surprising way.  That’s when all my welled planned out intentions are blown out of the water and I have to admit again…He is God and I am not.  God’s Will isn’t up to me, nor do I have any control over it.  It’s God that chooses when, where and how to move…not me.  My job is only to be flexible and submissive when He throws me a curve ball.

II Corinthians 12:15 ” So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?”

Natural human love expects something in return.  To sacrifice for you, you must first be really special to me, and then I also expect to be reciprocated for what I did.  But in this Scripture, Paul was willing to give it all…that I may be able to get you to God.  The real test here isn’t one’s willingness to teach or preach, but one’s willingness to serve.  Service to others takes our time, energy, and emotional strength.  It encroaches on our personal space…robs us of “me” time, and turns our carefully crafted schedules upside-down.  Expending yourself for the Gospel… helping, and supporting others is a thankless job by human estimation…but it’s counted as everything in the eternity of God.

II Timothy 2:19 “…God’s solid foundation stands firm.”

Don’t fool yourself…if your motive for serving the Lord is anything but pointing others to Jesus, you won’t succeed.  For any Holy Spirit empowered ministry has to have at its basis the cornerstone of Christ.  Without that origin, you are out there under your own power…with lopsided purpose and motives.  So ask this of yourself…Is my outreach to others self-centered or selfless?  Is it about Jesus, or about me?  Then listen to that still small voice inside for direction.

Job 42:1 ” Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’ “

If you get nothing else from this devotional today…please grasp this concept –  nothing is too hard for the Lord.   Job’s personal relationship with God helped him understand that nothing could hinder or stop God’s plan and purpose.  Ephesians 1:11 says, “According to the plan of Him Who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will.”   There is nothing that can prevent God’s Will from being fulfilled, for all power and might are in His hands.  So if you’re facing impossible challenges today…take heart, nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39 ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Earlier in this chapter Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35)  His answer here is –  no one or thing can possibly come between us and Jesus.  No rule or force of man…no point in time…no act of good or evil can ever cut the tie we have with our Lord.  The bottom line is,  there is nothing in creation that can keep us apart from God…for the entirety of creation is under His authority.