“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Many years ago, when I was attending Bible College, one of our teachers had planned to go with us on a weekend trip. As we were preparing to leave, she suddenly said she felt a check from the Lord and decided not to go. We never did know why, but for some reason the Lord showed her that she was to stay home.
Have you ever started your day with a plan as to what you would do or accomplish that day? But during your busy day, a phone call came or something else happened that caused you to drop what you were doing and go to help a friend or family member. How do we react to these interruptions in our schedule? Do we view it as a sense of duty, something we are obligated to do? Or do we see it as a divine interruption, a chance God has given us to minister to another?
As we begin each day, we must acknowledge that the Lord is in complete control and ask Him to direct our steps. In the Lord’s prayer, we are taught to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” He knows where we are most needed each day, and sometimes He may interrupt what we think is essential, in order to accomplish something for His kingdom. It is human nature to become frustrated or even angry that our plans have changed. That is when we must reach out in faith, realize that He always has what’s best in mind for us, and trust Him to give us the strength for whatever He wants us to do.
God’s divine interruptions to our plans and desires, often can be the things we look back to as the greatest blessings we have experienced in life. It all hinges on how we react. We need to make plans, but we also need to be open for the direction of the Lord each day.
Prayer: Jesus, we give this day into your control, you know what is best for us. Direct our steps and use us in your kingdom.
Devotion by Anne Johnst
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
How can we be courageous in waiting?
Relinquishing our control can be such a struggle because it is human nature to desire immediate action and instant gratification. It is an arduous responsibility to abandon our dreams, our desires and our plans to God. When we control our day, we can anticipate a general outcome. But, when we allow God to control our day, He does what He wants when He wants. Scary, isn’t it? This is where a courageous heart is necessary.
God does not require us to comprehend the elaborate details; He expects us to abandon our control, follow His guidance, obey His voice, and be confident in His plan.
Waiting on God is proof of trust because our flesh reacts to waiting.
What is God asking from you today? Are you questioning the process and uncertain of the end result? God is imploring you to be courageous by waiting on Him. You have an assurance today; God will strengthen your heart. You will never encounter regret when you step out in faith to follow God’s plan for your life and you will never be disappointed when you trust Him with the details of your life.
Prayer: Sometimes it is so difficult for me to be patient and to relinquish control to You, Lord, but I pray that You will help me to wait on You. You see my weaknesses and I desire Your strength to permeate every area of my life. I love you, Lord. Today, I will be courageous and wait on You!
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26, KJV)
God created mankind to have dominion. We were born to be in control, which is why it can be so hard for us to let go of our own will and let God take over. We will never have all the answers and if we continuously try to run our owns lives without seeking His will, it will be a very difficult and exhausting journey. Though we will not always understand God’s will, we have to be confident in it, knowing that only He knows what we truly need.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your control over our lives. I pray that you will lead and guide us on our paths. Fill our hearts with the desire to let you lead and give us peace when we don’t understand the situations we face. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays