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Devotionals

Time with God - April 23, 2013

 

Proverbs 16:9-25

The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

When the Lord frustrates your plans, embrace His will for you!

“Frustrate” is the right word, isn’t it? It can be so frustrating when you feel like you are following God’s will for you, and yet God closes the door and takes you in a different direction. When that happens, you need to remember two things.

First, our sense of God’s leading can sometimes be influenced by our own desires and thinking. Sometimes we read into situations and circumstances and Scripture passages the guidance we want to hear from God—even though God is not saying that—not because we are resisting God in any way, but just because of our fallen humanness. So we get it wrong. If God redirects our lives, it is because He wants us on the best path, whose end is good and which honors Him the most.

The second thing we need to remember is that God loves us. God is reminding you that when He directs you in a way that you don’t really desire to go in, when your plans are frustrated, you must trust in His love. His ways are full of His life. If you resist God’s will, you will only hurt yourself.

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