Daily D – Psalm 138:8
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. PSALM 138:8 (NLT)
It’s a simple question, really. Whose plans are better for me – God’s or mine? This is a Sunday School kind of question. As one little boy said to another, “In this class, the right answer is always Jesus.”
Reading Charles Allen’s God’s Psychiatry last night, he made the point that many people are afraid to say Yes to God’s will because they remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He said Yes and he ended up on the cross.
He also experienced the resurrection and ascension and will come again. Those three world-changing events were made possible by saying Yes to the old rugged cross. Few of us are asked to endure crucifixion. In fact, none of my circle of friends and acquaintances have suffered such an end.
Allen points out that the air we breathe is God’s will for us. There are many other mundane realities that are God’s will for our lives. Good food, good friends, and good work are all God’s will.
Have you considered that the Rocky Mountains are God’s will? Or the South Pacific? Or the heather, hills, and lochs of Scotland? “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens,” (James 1:17). Yes, the sun, moon, and stars are his will and his gifts to us.
He who loves the whole world so well in a general sense loves each of us particularly. His plans for us are better than our plans for ourselves. The happiness and joy he intends far surpass the passing entertainments of our age.
Here is what we know for sure: God alone loves us supremely and forever. His love is loyal and faithful and seeks our highest and best. The Good Life is discovered not in finding ourselves, but in finding ourselves in the center of God’s good will and plans for our lives.
We are the work of his hands. He created us as works in progress toward becoming masterpieces, trophies of his grace (Ephesians 2:10). We look in the mirror and say, “This is a masterpiece?” God looks at us and sees all we can become by the gracious working out of his plan and purpose for us. Beauty is in the eye of our Beholder.
This line of reasoning could go on for quite a while without fear of exhausting the subject. However, let’s take a deep breath and say to our Father in heaven, “Today, I want you to work out your plan for my life. I am a willing participant. I will cooperate with whatever you want. Show me the way I should go.”
Exchange your worries and fears for the experience of God’s perfect love (1 John 4:18). Watch your ability to love like Jesus expand (1 John 4:17). Learn to live with the confidence of leaning into God’s will, the most loving and satisfying life we could ever hope to experience.
I will choose God’s will because it is superior to my own.
Our Father, what you want for me is better than anything I could want for myself. You have seen from eternity past all I could be by your grace and love. This old lump of clay has often thought you were doing it wrong. You are the Potter. I am the clay. You make masterpieces out of dirt and water. I make messes. Take the mess I am and turn it into something only you can take credit for and which displays your artistry. The mountains and waters and skies above joyfully declare your majestic glory. Only you can take a life like mine and make something wonderful, something good. Work out your plan for my life. I am a willing participant with whatever you want. Show me the way I should go. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.