Thursday, December 31, 2015
LET GOD'S WILL BE DONE
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:13-14
The Bible doesn't condemn the person who makes plans for the future. Rather, it criticizes the person who makes those plans with no thought whatsoever for the will of God. That is a dangerous thing to do. God will not share His glory with another.
There is nothing wrong with making plans. Paul told the believers in Ephesus that he would return for renewed ministry among them, "God willing" (Acts 18:21). He wrote to the Corinthians that he planned another visit "if the Lord wills" (1 Corinthians 4:19).
On other occasions, Paul spoke of his plans to do certain things and how the Lord changed his plans. We have our plans. We have our purposes. We have our agendas. But the Lord may redirect us. Jesus taught us to pray, "Your will be done" (Luke 11:2).
Our prayers will be effective and successful when we align our will with the will of God and pray accordingly.
Prayer is not getting our will done in heaven; it is getting God's will done on earth. It is not moving God our way; it is moving ourselves His way. It is not moving the hand of God; it is seeing the movement of the hand of God and moving with it.
Never be afraid to thrust an unknown future to a knowing God. His plans for you are better than any plans you have for yourself. So don't be afraid of God's will, even if it is different from yours.
Prayer: Father, Your will be done on earth and in my life.
Scriptural Reading: James 4:13-17