TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 26, 2019:
To change direction or focus.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 ASV
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Each one of us has had or will have a time in our life when we have made plans for ourselves that we were certain were just the right plans for us. Perhaps it was a new job, a new place to live, a certain class in school that we desired, or any of a number of things we really would have liked to have. Then just as you were thinking it was going to happen it fell through. For some reason the door closed and disappointment and discouragement entered your life. The normal reaction is: “WHY?”
Did you pray about your situation? Did you approach this desire relying on your own desire? If so, it could be God closed the door to get your attention. It could also be if you have earnestly prayed about it that God shut the door because He had something better for you.
If we truly put our life in the hands of our Lord, knowing that He is our loving Savior, we need to learn that He will care for us and lead us and direct us to what He knows will be best for us.
In the verse we put above from I Peter, we need to understand that God desires us to put all of our worries and cares in His hands. This means God expects us to put every life changing decision we need to make in His hands.
You may ask how we do that. When a difficult or important decision must be made, stop right then and pray and ask God to take over and then wait for His answer. Most of the time His answer will come to us through our conscience as the Holy Spirit directs our mind to think correctly. We must ask ourselves, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
Philippians 4:7 tells us that when we put every situation in the hands of the Lord, then we will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your heart and mind as you live in Jesus Christ. It can be very difficult when we are told NO or NOT NOW.
We read that twice in Acts 16, the apostle Paul and his company were “REDIRECTED” by God. First, they were kept from preaching in the province of Asia (verse 6). Secondly, when they came to the border of Nysia, they tried to enter Bithnia, but the Holy Spirit would not allow them to enter (verse 7). Paul’s mission in life was to spread the good news of the gospel. Paul must have wondered why God would prevent that in these places. The Holy Spirit directs us to the right places and He also directs us away from the wrong places. Unknown to Paul God had other plans.
Paul was never out of touch with His Lord and He listened and allowed God to not only direct his path but to redirect his path when it was not the right path.
May we urge you that when a situation comes up and you have to make a decision, stop first and pray, asking God to lead you and to make your decision as He leads you to do. When you stop, pray, and think what God’s Word says, your conscience will respond.
Many situations that we face can be momentarily weighty for us, but we need to remember that God graciously uses time and prayer to get us to where He wants us and for this, we should be very grateful.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Luke 2:13-14.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
Help me today to be open to redirection in my life as I listen to You. May I be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit in all my plans.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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