SHE gives Him her future
2008 was my year! I lived out my last months as a high school student to the fullest with close friends and trips, had a great summer in Wyoming, and I started my freshman year, at my now alma mater Indiana University (GO HOOSIERS!!) Each one of those time periods were bursting with blessings and favor. The prior year, however, was not as scrapbook worthy. It was filled with uncertainty, disappointments, and overwhelming feelings that God had forgotten about me.
Now with my 20/20 hindsight vision, I can see how God had to close doors and say no to the things I wanted so He could give me the things I didn't even know I needed.
How many times have you come to God with Powerpoint presentations and well-formatted business plans that highlight all the benefits and advantages of your plan and how perfect it would be if God would just sign on the bottom line...thank God He never does!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
I would like to think that I've learned my lesson over the years. But if I could sort through my mental prayer hard drive, even over the last 5 years, I would come across several unsigned contracts that I made to God. But in as many unsigned contracts I would find equal amounts of finely detailed and errorless statements that detailed His purpose for me, and they were not just signed, but stamped in His blood.
"...so will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void."
So before I make plans I'm trying to remember that I don't have a good track record of planning my future without failure and without Him. So instead I'm trying to make the choice to give it to the One who already planned out my future.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Looking back, what difficult time periods or moments in
your life can you thank God for?
What aspect of your life are you experiencing hardship or lack of faith & hope? What promise from God's Word can you claim for that situation?