Following God’s Plan
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”
Each morning for the past 30 years or so I have gotten up asking myself what kind of man does God want me to be today? I have found that asking myself this question puts me in the proper frame of mind, to go out and face whatever challenge the world puts before me. This lets me focus my day on the things that are important to me, and also ones that God would be pleased with. However there have been days during this time that I struggled with what I wanted to do during the day, as there were pressures that I would face that I felt were not pleasing to God. A good example of one of these days occurred many years ago. Several weeks prior to this I felt God had put it on my heart to set up a meeting with the local superintendent of the school system to talk about establishing an after-school program for the needy children in our area. Several days before the meeting I discussed this with my family and told them my plans, and found that they were not very enthusiastic about the idea, as they could not see any way this could ever happen. Their concern created doubt in my mind as to whether God was actually calling me to do this work, or whether somehow I had gotten the idea myself. I began doubting myself, and began to question whether God had actually wanted me to do this. Luckily I went ahead with the meeting, as during the year God has opened doors that have allowed me to establish programs much larger than I had ever envisioned. We were even allowed back in the schools and taught the children about God and prayed with them at the school. The programs I established are still working today, as God is now back in our local school system and taught to the students each day. I have thought about this many times during the past year and asked myself why I doubted God. I now realize that God did not give my family the vision he gave me, and they could not see how this would ever work. He had only revealed his plan to me, and if I had not gone ahead, the children lives that were touched during the year would not have happened. I have been careful since then to reveal these types of visions God has given me to my family, as they still have not been given the visions that God has given me. God has been communicating with me revealing more of his plan for my life, and I am having fewer days where I do not know what God wants me to do. What I have learned during this time is that when God speaks to us it is important to follow his will. We may not understand at the time why he is calling, but we need to follow and obey with all our heart.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Two