Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 25, 2015
Guest Writer: Meet my friend Shana Schutte. We are blessed to have her as our guest writer.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
One of my good friends often says, “Never put a period where God puts a comma.” It’s her way of reminding herself to stay flexible to God’s rule and to submit to His sovereignty over her life. This can be especially difficult when we’ve got big plans or hopes that have led to great expectations.
Expectations can be awesome. They have the potential to bring us great joy when fulfilled and focused energy when we need to complete a particular task. They also have the potential to usher in great disappointment when they are dashed. It’s then that we must remember to “never put a period where God puts a comma.” We must submit to His will if we want to live with joy. To continue to demand our way only leads to internal death.
“For the wages of sin is death. . .” (Romans 6:23)
There have been times in my life when my expectations haven’t lined up with God’s will: when I wanted to marry a particular young man, when I wanted to move to a particular state, when I wanted to receive a particular job offer. I have to admit there have been times when I have wanted to shut down hope, silence expectations, and never dream again when the pain of unfulfilled expectations pierced my heart. But a better way is to surrender to Christ in faith.
Surrender doesn’t mean giving up; it means giving in. It means giving Him control. We put our plans in His hands as we work. We give Him our children as we raise them. We surrender the outcome of our job search as we look. And, when things don’t go as we planned, we do not live as those who have no hope and become cynical and tell themselves, “Don’t dream because you’ll just be disappointed.” No, we remember that God has a plan—and it’s always a good plan—even if it’s not our plan.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns.”’ (1 Chronicles 16:31)
Prayer: “Lord, I trust you. Please help me to always live with hope. Your ways are higher than mine and I submit to your Lordship in hope because you are good and you love me. Amen”
Related Readings: Isaiah 55:9; Proverbs 16:9; 2 Chronicles 20:6; Zechariah 4:6
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