Today’s scripture is a great reminder that God is ultimately in control according to His Will. We can plan and prepare, work diligently, do everything in the flesh that we can. We can even have some success as most would define success here on earth. But if God is not at the center of it all, if what we are doing is not in alignment with God’s Will, our plans will ultimately fail. Our success will ultimately crumble. Conversely, if our plans are in alignment with God’s Will, then nothing can stop us. God will ultimately succeed. He always wins. His promises always are fulfilled. So how do we keep God at the center of our plans?
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“Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.” – Isaiah 8:10
How does this apply to us? When making decisions in life, we should present everything to God to see if it is His Will. Then listen and wait for clarity on what He wants us to do.
Sometimes the answer will be immediate. Sometimes we will have to wait for clarity. “I will wait on the Lord… I will put my trust in Him.” – (Isaiah 8:17). Sometimes we will have to follow that still small voice that is telling us what we should do versus what we want to do.
Hearing God’s voice requires effort on our end. The Bible tells us that we have to seek in order to find. And we are to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul. How can we ever expect to hear from God if we don’t spend any time with God by reading His Word, and through prayer?
One of the most basic and essential obstacles that a believer must overcome is making time for the Lord, and getting some quiet time with God so that we can hear His voice. For me this time is in the early morning. I do my best to give the first hours of my day to the Lord when I am at my best, when my batteries are fully charged. Often that is when God speaks to me and gives me clarity on whatever I am bringing before Him.
I also get clarity when I am worshipping God and giving Him praise. This can happen at church among a body of believers during the worship service, or when I’m alone with God. I like to worship God while I am driving my car. Sometimes I do this when I am at home by myself. You can do this too whenever you are alone. Just start worshipping Him, praising Him with whatever scripture or thoughts of gratitude come to mind. It doesn’t matter if you can’t really sing, God knows your heart.
After spending quality time with God clarity always follows. We must expect it. Faith is being confident and knowing that God will direct our steps. And once we are confident that we have heard from God, how much easier is it to walk boldly and confidently knowing that our Creator is in control?
And once I have clarity, I am locked. At this point it is very difficult, (some would say impossible) to deter or derail me. Whatever task is at hand, it will be done. You can consider it completed before I even start. My friends and co-workers tell me that I’m like a heavy dose of persistence, diligence, and stubbornness all wrapped into one. Thank God for his ongoing guidance so I know when to let go.
The bottom line is that if God is at the center of it all, you can count on success. Even when the circumstances and what we see with our eyes tell us otherwise. Continue to seek God and the direction of the Holy Spirit. And be confident in knowing that is God is with us, nothing is impossible. When God is with us, there is nothing that can be done to change the outcome.
Unsure if God can do it? Remember for a minute all of the miracles throughout the Bible where God achieved the impossible… the parting of the waters, all of the the plagues against Pharaoh in Egypt, all of the the healings, the the blind receiving their sight, the lame being healed, people even raised from dead… the list goes on and on. There is nothing that God cannot do. Our job is to just make sure that we are aligned to His Will and try to stay out of the way!
Good morning God. Thank you for a great night of rest and for rejuvenating my body and spirit. Help me to perform with excellence today, and to stay close to you all throughout the day. Lord I come to you with an open heart and mind, fully surrendered, and put my trust in You. Help me to hear your voice, and to be obedient to your Will. We know that all things are possible when you are with us. Speak to us. Remove the scales from our eyes and from our ears. We earnestly seek you Lord, and ask that you let your light shine brightly in us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Let us be so filled with You that there is no room for anything that is not good and pure and holy. We know that your promises are true and good, and we declare your goodness over every area of our lives. We thank you for all that you have done, and are going to do. Direct our steps, our thoughts, and our words. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “If God is for us, who can be against us.” – Romans 8:31
- “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
- “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.” – Isaiah 8:17
- “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Deuteronomy 4:29
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30
- “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
- “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’.” – Matthew 19:26
- “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
“For we walk by faith, not by sight:” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
- “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:6
- “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” – Ephesians 3:12
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