Tag Archive | plan and purpose of God

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.

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s an appointed time for everything happening in your life today.  From the very important to the mundane, each matter has been carefully created by God to fit perfectly within His purpose and timetable.  In verse 11 of this chapter we read that God has made everything beautiful in its own time…in its right and proper time.  For with the Lord,  there is no unplanned or unintended actions…that’s because His timing is always perfect.

Genesis 12:1 ” The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.’ “

It takes huge faith to respond to God’s call when He says, “Go!”   And it takes tremendous trust to say “Yes” when you don’t have a clue what’s to come.  But without that faith and trust in God…you’ll never fulfill His plan and purpose in your life.   Sometimes, God will ask you to take a leap of faith, but know that He’s there ready to catch you…you just have to jump.

Colossians 1:9 ” For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His Will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

This would be my prayer for you today also.  That the Lord would accomplish in your life His plan and purpose… and you would be able to grasp the concept and see the relationship between knowing God and living for Him.  You know God to live…in other words, you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ which  leads to eternal life.  But then, you live to know God…that is,  you continue to faithfully walk with God,  which develops this close, intimate relationship that only grows deeper every day.  I pray that you would know God to live, and live to know God.  Amen.

We’ve got to live: Mindfully of His plan.

In Philippians 2:13 it says, “For it is God Who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”  The Lord has a specific plan and purpose for each one of us.  He takes our gifts, talents, and passions…which are totally unique to just us,  and executes a perfect plan for our life.  Our job is to be ever cognizant of His leading, listening to that still small voice, and following the path laid out before us.