Unspeakable Joy Devotional

20th July

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When Life Doesn’t Go The Way You Planned It. Proverbs 19:21 “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” I would say most of us have things not go the way we had planned in our lives. Whether divorced, married, single, diagnosed with a disease, loss of parents early in life, loss of children, loss of job, financial crisis, loss of home due to natural disasters, and the list could go on and on.

The Bible is full of stories of people who encountered change of plans. After the glorious exodus from Egypt, the Israelites were “supposed” to walk into the Promise Land-the home long-hoped for. After 39 years of wandering in the wilderness, it was clear, things were not going as they had planned. Mary and Joseph were “supposed” to get married and start a family and lead normal lives-but after an angel showed up with a mission from above, plans changed. Lazarus was “supposed” to be healed; after all, he was a close personal friend with Jesus himself. But after his sickness took a turn for the worse, suddenly his family realized, plans had changed.

Many of the characters in the Bible didn’t understand why God had so drastically changed their plans, but God is more concerned with the outcome, than the scenario. After all, the scenario is only temporary; outcomes are eternal. Israel did find the Promise Land after 40 years. Mary and Joseph raised Jesus Christ himself. Lazarus was brought back from the dead after the illness took his life. Plans changed.

Life happens. Plans change. But God is still there.

Many times, plans turn out to be like the house built on sand Jesus described in Matthew 7:26 “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”  When the winds and waves of change come, the house crumbles into the sea. But faith in God’s eternal purpose is the house built on the rock: Matthew 7:25 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.”

Most plans don’t allow for second chances. But God does.

Plans are funny things. Sometimes, it’s not until after you decide to abandon them that you realize that maybe there still is a bigger plan after all.

This is YOUR MOMENT! God promises He will turn EVERYTHING that happens in our life into something GOOD. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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