“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
The New Living Translation puts it this way: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Today we start a new month, the last one of this year. I am sure that we all have plans and ideas for the coming weeks. I believe it is necessary to plan our days, weeks and months. We need to have some goals to work towards. The important thing is that we talk to the Lord as we make those plans and ask Him to guide us in everything we do.
I am sure we have all had days when we started out with a to-do list and we fully intended to accomplish everything on it before the end of the day. However, other things have come up which changed our plans entirely. A phone call, an e-mail, or even a text, can cause us to forget about the list and go in an entirely different direction.
I like to start out each day, asking the Lord to direct my steps and to make me a blessing to someone else during the day. As we go about our daily tasks, He will show us who we need to contact, or even just to pray for.
We can make plans, but the Lord knows what is best for us, and He will direct our steps, and lead us in the right paths.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you that we can commit our days into your hands, and trust you to lead us each step of the way.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you. The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. (Psalm 139:13-16, The Message)
As I read through this Psalm this morning, I couldn’t help but thank God for my life. He created me with a special plan in mind. I do not always understand why things don’t go as I want, but He knows. We have to trust in Him, and He will do a great work in us.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for shaping me into who I am today. I know I make mistakes but You are so merciful and I am so grateful. Thank you for leading my life the way you have and for designing a future that I couldn’t even fathom. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.”
We like to make plans. Our schedules are always filled with upcoming events, birthday parties, soccer games, etc. We usually like to do the same thing when it comes to our spiritual lives. Chasing the next big thing and pursuing dreams that maybe aren’t meant to become reality just yet.
No plan can stand against our Lord though, and we must learn the art of patience when it comes to the will of a God for our lives. Do you struggle with this as much as I do? I don’t like to slow down, or have curveballs thrown my way. I like to keep moving forward, and to feel like I’m accomplishing something.
Patience is key though, and learning to be still can benefit our ministries immensely. Being still doesn’t mean doing nothing, rather it means to keep on keeping on but not stepping outside of what He has for us. God has called me to certain things and avenues of ministry but they aren’t meant to be for right NOW. So I will labour at what I can – teaching Sunday school, worship leading, serving the church and being a helping hand to my pastor and his family.
Where can you serve today?
God, I am thankful for the plans You have for my life. I know You only have the best in store for me, so help me to be patient as I wait for Your promises to come to pass and to do what I can in this moment for Your kingdom.