Ministry

Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.
Proverbs 27:1

Sadly we have been reminded of this truth this week. You just don’t know what is going to happen today in your world, nation, town, family, personal life.

Plans are good and it’s wise to plan but we have to remember that our plans must be flexible because our plans may not be happen because God may have different plans for us. I usually have my day planned out and on those days that I don’t plan in a little margin someone comes up that throws my whole plan out of whack. Then I find myself scrambling to get done with what needs to get done that day.

So even though I plan and sometimes a wrench is thrown into the works I do know this: My God is sovereign. Even when I think things seem to be out of control my God is in control. God can even use in my life what someone else may have intended for pain or trouble. I have to keep focused on this truth: Bring glory to God.

How do I magnify and bring glory God in the hard times?
By God’s grace.
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

It all boils down to doing what the God wants you to do. Understanding that He has a plan. God sees the big picture and we can only see what is right in front of us.

13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13

I know what I have planned. I’m going to get the kids ready and off to school. I’m going to write a small group lesson about Buddhism. I’m going to clean out the Student Church trailer to prep for the church picnic. I’m going to shop for the picnic. I’m going to the middle school football game. But all that can change in an instant.

No matter what happens today I need to keep this thought in the front of my mind:
“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24