Making Plans (May 29)

May 29

Making Plans

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 122:6-9 | 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22 | John 18:1-24 | Proverbs 16:8-9

Today’s Scripture Focus: Proverbs 16:8-9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps (Proverbs 16:9 NIV).

Planning is important. To fail to plan is no virtue. Yet, in every plan God has the last say. He is the one who directs and establishes our steps.

It’s easy to get ahead of God. Wait is a common word in the scripture when it comes to discerning God’s will. It does not come easily.

It is also easy to drag behind. We sense God’s direction but for some reason we procrastinate our obedience. We fear the step of faith. We prefer the comfort of the boat and we are not really sure we want the adventure of walking on the water.

It’s best to include God in our planning. As he provides wisdom and insight, we press forward in steps of obedience and faith. When we don’t know what else to do, we just “do the next thing.” Often the mundane steps of simple obedience, in living our everyday lives with integrity, open the doors of opportunity and blessing. God establishes our steps.

It is good to know that we are not alone. God is there to guide and protect. If our plans somehow lead to a misstep, he is there to establish our steps and to re-direct us.

Gentle Shepherd, guide me on your path. Establish my steps and open doors. Let me hear your voice behind me saying, “this is the way, walk in it.” Interrupt my plans as you see fit to arrange divine appointments. I look for you to lead the way. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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