A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
Oh, how often this has come true. We make big plans, work hard to think it all through, do all that we can to make sure the details are in place, and then God stops the whole thing. We try again to push open the closed door and once again find that the Lord had directed our steps in another direction. At that moment we cannot see the hand of God and just wish something would work, but later we look back and see that God was kind to us and protected us by directing our steps another way.
The difficulty of that moment is to stop trying to make our plan work. In our humanity, our emotion, our logic, and even our pride, we have committed to this plan of action. Others have shared their excitement and are looking to us to make it work. To stop trying is to be embarrassed and shamed and to let down others. But if God is clearly stopping us, we had better pay attention and stop.
We had a friend we grew up with who brought home a boy friend that her parents did not trust. She was in love with him and was convinced that her parents were just being too strict. The parents gave in out of fear of losing their daughter for good. Within weeks of the wedding the new husband became abusive and his abuse escalated until she left him. God tried to stop her, but she did not want to be stopped. We all grieved that year as our friend got so hurt.
There have been items I have wanted to buy, figured out how I could buy it, researched buying it and told friend I was going to buy it. But when I talked to Bobbi, she brought in different perspectives to show me wisdom I had not considered. To push forward against wisdom is foolish but it is what I wanted to do because I wanted it.
When we make plans, we need to include God and His wisdom in the plans. If during the plans God closes the door then we need to be OK with God closing that door. We make plans, God directs our lives. By faith we give in to God and follow His leading for His glory and for our good.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Thank you for your prayers yesterday for my meeting with a local businessman. God opened up the conversation to talk openly about faith, sin, repentance, and Christ the sacrifice for our sin. Because of prosperity gospel preachers, this man had turned his heart against Christianity thinking that all Christian churches just wanted your money. Pray for the Word sown to bring fruit to repentance.
I am meeting a family at lunch today whose mom has cancer. Pray again as we talk about the Lord and faith in Him that this family will be open. They too have been victims of the prosperity gospel and struggle with Christianity in that form.
A young lady who grew up in our church and was often in our home contacted me yesterday with concern for a young man in her life. Pray for A to open his heart to Christ.
I have personal request that I ask prayer for. God knows. Please join with me in this matter.
Have a great day in the Lord,