'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.' Psalm 37:23 NKJ
Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It’s all about knee–flexibility—the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy–time… We all have ideas about how we’d like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it’s perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we’d like to go or things we’d like to do. But we have to be careful. Head on over to James 4:13–16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James 4:16 NIV says that we ‘boast in our arrogant schemes.’ That’s where the problem lies, when it’s all about me me me, and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can’t imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving spouse is awesome, but we shouldn’t need them to have a John 10:10 (‘life to the full’) kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we’ll end up. We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee–flexibility. We’ve got to be kneeling and praying constantly, to make sure our plans are God’s plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 NIV all the time—‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ Check in with Jesus. Make ‘Jesus, what do you think of my plans?’ time today.
SoulFood: Acts 10-11; Matt 3:11-17; Ps 103:13-22; Pro 10:30-32
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