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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
This verse [We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer] can be understood to mean that the final outcome of the plans we make is in God’s hands. If this is so, why make plans? In doing God’s will, there must be partnership between our efforts and God’s control. He wants us to use our minds, to seek the advice of others, and to plan. Nevertheless, the results are up to him. Planning, then, helps us act God’s way. As you live for him, ask for guidance as you plan, then act on your plan as you trust in Him. (NLT)
Proverbs 16:1-9 – We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment. The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished. Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the Lord. When the ways of people please the Lord, he makes even their enemies live at peace with them. It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. –Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)
Desyrae England (Texas) titled her story “GOD’S PLAN;” here is a portion of Desyrae’s story:
“The summer after my junior year in high school I went to a church camp as I had done every summer. I was feeling overwhelmed because I needed to figure out where I would go to college and what major I wanted to pursue. I had ideas about what I wanted to do with my life, but I wanted assurance that God had the same plans for me. I had been praying for weeks, but I still didn’t have any answers. I was afraid I might mess up God’s plan for my entire life.
“. . . I walked into the worship service ready to hear voices from heaven, sure that God wasn’t going to remain silent. My high hopes were crushed when I walked out of the chapel that night. God hadn’t told me anything.
“I was still feeling disappointed when my friend asked me if I would walk back to the chapel with him to retrieve his Bible. On our trek back to the chapel, one of the college-age staff members stopped us and told us that God had prompted him to share Proverbs 16:9 with us. It was clear to me in that moment that I couldn’t mess up God’s plan. Whatever I decided to do, God would guide my steps. I was also reminded that I didn’t need voices from heaven to tell me what to do. God uses ordinary people to impact our lives when we least expect it.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even when I don’t recognize it, God is faithful.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to come to you during times of struggle. Give us patience to wait for your guidance. Amen.
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