Tag: Plan

Don’t Plan Without God

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. —Psalm 37:5

Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing that will keep us from even the possibility of worrying is to bring God in as the greatest factor in all of our planning.

In spiritual issues it is customary for us to put God first, but we tend to think that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to put Him first in the practical, everyday issues of our lives. If we have the idea that we have to put on our “spiritual face” before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him. We must come as we are.

Don’t plan with a concern for evil in mind. Does God really mean for us to plan without taking the evil around us into account? “Love…thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Love is not ignorant of the existence of evil, but it does not take it into account as a factor in planning. When we were apart from God, we did take evil into account, doing all of our planning with it in mind, and we tried to reason out all of our work from its standpoint.

Don’t plan with a rainy day in mind. You cannot hoard things for a rainy day if you are truly trusting Christ. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:1). God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command— “Let not….” To do it, continually pick yourself up, even if you fall a hundred and one times a day, until you get into the habit of putting God first and planning with Him in mind.

by Oswald Chambers

The Unexpected Lives Of Ruth

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The Book of Ruth starts out one way and ends up much differently.

Naomi – expected to stay in Israel her whole life, see her sons marry Israelites, and give her grandchildren. Ruth- probably expected to remain in Moab, marry a Moabite and live and die that way. Boaz – undoubtedly expected to marry an Israelite, but then he got older and probably thought he wouldn’t marry at all. Then Naomi moves to Moab, her sons marry Moabites, and her husband and sons die. Ruth marries a foreigner who dies. Then Ruth returns with Naomi to Israel where Boaz is now an older man, expecting never to marry. But the old bachelor marries, Ruth becomes an Israelite, and the bereaving Naomi is comforted and rejoices.

Nobody’s life went as planned. So, too, if you follow God, your life may not go according to your plans. But God’s plans are better. He never promises a perfect picket fence life. He promises a redeemed life. It will turn out better than your plans for a “perfect life”. Go God’s way, for His way is better, and His life is better than what you planned.

Today’s Mission – Today, choose to walk in God’s plan for your life and not your own.

by Jonathan Cahn