Proverbs 27:1 Boasting About Future Plans

Planning book

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 

Goals and plans are constantly being made by millions of people every day. Plans are made as to what they will do in the days to come. These plans are as numerous as one can think. Plans to start a business, start exercising, make some money, graduate, travel somewhere, save some money, go on a vacation, purchase something, and on and on the lists go.

Often people will boast about what they are planning to do. They want everyone to know about it. As the day of doing it gets closer, they get more excited and losing focus on the day at hand.

Solomon gives a warning about boasting about future plans. He points out that one does not know what the next day may bring.

Having a vision and a plan to reach a goal is great. However, those plans should be held loosely, instead of boasting about it.

Everything that can be done to make the plan work out can be done, but things in life can get in the way and stop it.

Things that can stop a plan very quickly are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Sudden sickness, an accident, bad weather, natural disasters, death, break downs, and the list goes on to infinity.

Often a person plans something and then boasts about it, but right before it should occur, something happens to stop it. He then will often get mad at God or others because it could not happen.

Boasting about the event coming is about self, not about God, who is in control. One is allowing selfishness and pride to get in the way. Yet, one does not have the absolute control of every situation.

As a believer you can make plans for tomorrow, but hold them loosely knowing that God may change those plans. Do not allow yourself to boast as though those plans are guaranteed. You are not guaranteed one day on this earth beyond right now.

Allow God to have control of all your plans. Let Him make them or change them needed. Do not be angry when God changes what you had planned. Boast in what God is doing and in His control of every situation. God may stop your plans to give you something better in your life.

Keep in mind who is really in control of your tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will seek what God desires of you for each day; that God will help you remove all pride from your life; and that God will give you a vision of His plans for your days. 

Psalm 125:1 Never Shaken

Shaken building

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1 

Life can often take a sudden change in direction. Disasters are rarely seen ahead of time. Sickness rarely reports its coming early. Life changing accidents are never planned for.

When things like these and much more occur, people are thrown into confusion and fear. Their whole world is shaken It becomes a time of uncertainty because they do not understand what is happening, nor understand what to always do next.

Not only is there great fear when things go bad, but there is also a lot of fear of things possibly going to happen. A person hears of the rising crime statistics and then begins to fear that he may become a victim of a crime.

The psalmist states that there is a person who cannot be shaken at all. That person is the one who believes in God.

Believing in God means that one believes that God is in control and will do what He said He would do.

There have been many who have chosen to walk away from God because of a bad situation in their lives. They forget that God is in control and does allow bad things to occur, but for a good purpose.

The person who truly believes in God and what He does and can do, will not be shaken when bad things occur. As something in life is going ‘wrong’ he knows that it is because God allowed it to happen. He also knows that God uses everything for his benefit.

Knowing that God is in control and works for his benefit brings about a peace that the world does not know or understand. The world cannot understand why a believer is not going crazy when life appears to be falling apart. Yet, the world that is falling a part is just a temporary world. What is eternal has not changed and cannot be changed.

When times come that turn your life upside down and appear to be disastrous , put your trust in God. Relax and know that God is in control. Do not allow yourself or your belief in God to be shaken, but built up.

Jesus promised difficult times, but He also promised He would be with you. That brings a peace the world does not understand. Stand firm on that and don’t be shaken like the rest of the world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God in every situation; that God will remove fear of change or the unknown; and that God will fill you with His peace among disaster. 

Psalm 91:9-10 No Harm Or Disaster

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If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9-10 

Every person has a dream to be able to live with never having to fear harm or disaster. There are daily fears of harm for many people. They live in areas that people are under war and there is a daily threat of death. Others see and expect disaster on a regular basis.

Houses are covered with alarm systems to warn of any possible danger. People stock up on food and clothing to be covered in times of disaster. Fear runs high among people that they will not be able to survive a possible disaster that is coming.

The author of this psalm states that all one has to do is make God his refuge and he will never experience harm or disaster.

It does not take much for most people to look at these verses and question it. There are many people who have trusted in God and yet went through major problems or disasters in their life.

The challenge is in what is meant by disaster or harm. For most people if anything goes wrong in any way, it is disaster or harm.

While things happening like this may be painful, they are not real disasters or real harms. It is all a matter of perspective.

As a believer, one is under the protection of God. Under God’s protection nothing can happen that is not without purpose. God allows things to strengthen or change a believer, always with the purpose of building him up and bringing him closer to the image of Jesus.

With this in mind, nothing is really a disaster or harmful. Everything is a construction tool to build the believer up.

Think about what you believe is real disaster or harmful to you. The only things that are truly a disaster or harmful are those things that draw you away from God.

If you have your focus on God and make Him your refuge, your dwelling place, you will remain with Him. While you are with God, you are under His protection and control. You are to become more of what He wants you to become and less of what the world wants you to be.

Now you can see that what Satan has meant for harm, God uses for your good. No longer will harm or disaster overtake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dwell with God always; that you will trust His guidance in your life; and that God will show how He uses everything for your good. 

Psalm 71:14 Praise With Hope

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 

Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.

These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.

The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.

The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.

Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.

If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.

However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.

God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.

Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.

Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.

God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.

Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.

 

Acts 27:11 Who To Listen To

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“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” Acts 27:11

Paul had been taken captive as a prisoner and was on board a ship full of prisoners headed to Rome. They stopped at a port and were getting ready to move on. Paul had a feeling from God that they should wait to move on, that if they did, the trip would have a lot of problems. They chose to not listen to Paul and went anyways. Later the ship was destroyed and they were shipwrecked on an island.

When a person needs advice there are instantly a thousand voices ready to offer advice and be heard. People everywhere have an opinion on how things should happen. Most of those people mean well in giving their advice. They are not trying to cause problems or harm.

Some of those people have a lot of experience in the area being dealt with. While others have very little or just book knowledge of experience in that area. Yet, people want to give their opinion and advice on how to deal with the situation.

The problem comes in that most of the world uses advice from a short-term, limited view of the full situation. It is all the person can see in the moment.

Believers can have a longer, more clear view of what is occurring, because God can guide them more perfectly. God sees what is ahead better than any person can see or know on his own.

God had put it in Paul’s spirit that there would be trouble ahead if they continued the journey. Later on there was great trouble and the ship and cargo was lost.

There will be times when you need to know what to do next. You will need advice on how to proceed in life. While it is good to ask advice from friends and people, it is best to seek God’s direction. When you ask of friends, try to make sure it is coming from a Godly perspective and not just the world.

It may make sense to move forward as the world will say, but there will be times God will say stay in place and wait. He sees the storms ahead and is there to protect you.

So who are you getting advice from?

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions in your life; that you will seek God first for all directions; that you will move in the direction God points you; and that you will know the path God has for you. 

Amos 4:9 Getting Your Attention

“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, destroying them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet, you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD. Amos 4:9

In this chapter, Amos is quoting God, who is upset with Israel. They had chosen to walk away from God, so God brought on many different calamities, drought, plagues, and death. God had struck their gardens and vineyards, which is their livelihood and food. Yet, the people refused to return to Him. They chose to continue to live in their sinful ways, knowing God was angry with them.

Disaster strikes people all the time. Some of those disasters are caused by another person, while others are caused by the weather. The world looks at those disasters as a bad luck of the draw, part life. Many will blame others for the natural disasters, claiming that it is because of the way people run things. It is natural for the world to see things this way, because they do not know God and have never known Him.

For believers, it is a different story. When disaster strikes a believer, the first thing he should do is turn to God for help. Disaster can strike a believer for one of two main reasons: 1) God is trying to get his attention, because he has walked away from Him 2) God is allowing Satan to strike and test him. Either way, the believer should turn to God.

There are many believers do not choose to turn to God, but turn to other people and things of this world. They reject God’s help, especially when it is being done because of sin in their lives. They will seek help in medicine, drugs, alcohol, entertainment, music, people, and even doing more ministry work, everything but turning to God.

In your own personal life, things may be occurring that are making things extremely difficult for you. As you are going through these situations seek God out. Take a look at your life and see where you are really standing with God.

Are you walking with God? Then trust that He will give you the strength to make it through the situation.

Have you walked away from God? Then turn back to Him and repent of all sin. Seek to know His ways and then follow them.

I pray today that you will always follow Jesus; that you will not turn from the path God has for you; that when disaster strikes, you will turn to God first; and that you will know that God is always waiting for you to return to Him.

Hosea 13:6 After Being Fed

When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me. Hosea 13:6

God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt into the wilderness. While they were in the wilderness, He provided for all of their needs. They did not have to work hard to get the food that was required. Later, He gave them the land of Canaan for their possession without extreme hard work on their part. Once they had these things provided they were satisfied. As soon as they were satisfied, they forgot all about God.

When there is a crisis or a great need, it is easy for people to turn to God and seek His help. Every time that there is a major disaster or event in a nation, many people turn to God and start praying. They seek God’s assistance in their time of great need. Those who normally don’t mention anything about God and rarely go to a church service, suddenly talk about praying to God for help for themselves or for others in great need.

Later, when the need is met or the crisis is over, people forget about God. They are no longer talking about praying and seeking God’s help. They are satisfied and happy with themselves and this world.

This occurs with many believers in the church. In a time of crisis, they are constantly praying and asking others to pray, but stop the praying when the major crisis is over. When the belly is full and satisfied, people feel that they no longer need God. They feel that they have everything back under control.

As a believer, this should never be the case. No matter how well things are going for you, you are not the one in control. It is God who provides your every breath. Without your breath, you would be in a major crisis, you would be dead.

Do not make God to be only your 911 God. Make Him a part of your life all day, every day. No matter how good things are going, do not forget about God. It is He who made your day go well. It is God who provided for all of your needs to bless you.

Keep a song of praise and thanksgiving on your heart each day for all that He has done for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision and blessings in your life; that you will not forget God when things are going well; that you will give credit to God for all the good in your life; and that you will always seek God and praise Him daily.