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Not According To My Plan

Not According to My Plan

Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:19 (NKJV)

Have you ever had one of those days where you get up in the morning; you have a list made out of the things you want to get done, but one thing after another pop up and detract you from achieving your daily goals?  I know I have had my share of them, and I can confess before each and every one of you who read this; I have not always dealt well with these impromptu meetings.  

So, what frustrates us when we are interrupted?  Why does this tend to give us an anxious feeling when we have so much on our plate?  Where is the pressure coming from?   Is it from our outside influences, or just our inward drive?  I can tell you this, for those who have an issue with being a high achiever, it can drive you bonkers.

Well, it is my desire to share some biblical insight to change our perspective on this, should you not be one of the fortunate people to have a laid-back So-Cal type attitude naturally.

Let's take a look at the scripture above, because we can see a proper perspective for having a Christ-like attitude - one all but alleviating the stress normally associated with interruptions.  Peter is basically saying, "I am going to make a total commitment to do the will of God regardless of whatever setbacks come my way."

So instead of starting my day and hoping or asking God to support what I want to do, I am open to having God work within my life - I now become open to what He wants to do in, and through, my life.  

Did you get the last part?  I want to do whatever God has planned for me.

Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; Job 40:23 (NKJV)

The benefits are immense, starting with being in the will of God, and therefore, I have a total peace in my mannerism and am filled with happiness - one not dependent on the circumstances.  So regardless of whatever God brings into my life, I can accept it, and I can rest knowing He has a perfect plan.

So how can I know if I am accepting God's will for my life during those busy days with full schedules?  Well, I believe if you are truly accepting God's will, then you will never really be disturbed, because you are actually expecting to be disturbed.  So if I end up being disturbed it was actually because I was never expecting to get disturbed.  But I will never be disturbed if I am expecting disturbances continually.

Q:    How can we apply this to our daily schedule?

We can begin our day in prayer - asking the Lord to guide our day.  We can ask God to bring any divine appointments or disturbances He wants for our life.  The result is we can rest knowing he has approved anything coming our way.   There is a work in these disturbances and meetings - a work in us, as well as others.

I want to encourage you to remember there is no better place to be than in the will of God doing what He lays upon your heart - especially when it was never on your schedule for the day.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 3:19, what should we commit our souls to?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself getting uptight when you don't stay on a schedule you have made for yourself?

APPLICATION: Try turning your schedule over to God and ask Him to direct and guide your path throughout the day.  Ask Him to bring a divine appointment to you this day and ask that He would give you whatever words needed for your conversations.  It will be an amazing blessing.

Father, thank You for guiding me in all that I do. Lord arrange my schedule today so I may talk with someone about You.  I pray for Your will to be done in my life this day, and may it bring glory to Your son.  I ask this in Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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