O Lord, how often do I make my own plan, instead of seeking Yours, or going along with the one You started me out on? How many blessings have I missed, because I went my own way?
The Reubenites and Gadites saw with their eyes, that the land they were on was good enough for them; and asked for it rather than waiting for the land You had promised to all the tribes. In their view, what they were seeing was good enough, and it was given to them. I wonder if they prayed about that decision? Or how they sought wisdom on the matter? Or if they were just tired of being on the move and wanted to stop and settle?
Down the road it caused misunderstanding and cost lives. It was not Your plan, but You allowed it.
When Jesus taught and healed in the town of Capernaum in Galilee, the people searched Him out and tried to keep Him from leaving. Who wouldn’t want to hang on to a miracle worker? Healer? Gifted teacher? But the will of the people did not line up with Your divine purposes.
It was not Your plan, and You did not allow it.
Jesus was not a fisherman. But He got into a fisherman’s boat. He instructed the men to put out into deep water and let down the nets at a time and place that made no sense by fishermen’s wisdom. The men did, acting in obedience to Your sovereignty.
When they obeyed and went along with Your plan, they were blessed to overflowing! They had to call a backup boat, and even then, the boats filled to almost sinking with fish!
It was Your plan, and although it made no sense by human wisdom, it brought overabundant blessing!
Dear Father, I want that overabundant blessing in my life! I desire to align myself with Your will and Your purpose. I lay down my wish to “do it my way” or according to my own wisdom, in favor of Your revelation and Your blessing.
In these troubling times so many of my plans are falling apart. People are scared. Jobs are disappearing. Celebrations are being called off and we are feeling alone and insecure. We cannot see the future to make plans according to our “wisdom” any longer.
Help us lean into You! Hear Your instruction clearly. Embolden us to act with godly wisdom. Keep us on the path of Your plan. And let us receive Your blessing with gratitude and thanksgiving! Amen