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Plans Disrupted

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Plans Disrupted[May 25,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)

Also Read Acts 16:6–10

Jane’s plans to become a speech therapist ended when an internship revealed the job was too emotionally challenging for her. Then she was given the opportunity to write for a magazine. She’d never seen herself as an author, but years later she found herself advocating for needy families through her writing. “Looking back, I can see why God changed my plans,” she says. “He had a bigger plan for me.”

The Bible has many stories of disrupted plans. On his second missionary journey, Paul had sought to bring the gospel into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus stopped him (Acts 16:6–7). This must have seemed mystifying: Why was Jesus disrupting plans that were in line with a God-given mission? The answer came in a dream one night: Macedonia needed him even more. There, Paul would plant the first church in Europe. Solomon also observed, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

It’s sensible to make plans. A well-known adage goes, “Fail to plan, and you plan to fail.” But God may disrupt our plans with His own. Our challenge is to listen and obey, knowing we can trust God. If we submit to His will, we’ll find ourselves fitting into His purpose for our lives.

As we continue to make plans, we can add a new twist: Plan to listen. Listen to God’s plan.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How can you submit your plans to God today?
  • How can you listen to His plans?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

All-knowing God, give me the faith to listen to You when my plans are disrupted, knowing that You have a greater purpose for my life.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Take Your Tears to God

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Take Your Tears to God [May 22,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.(Lamentations 3:49–50)

Also Read Lamentations 3:49–66

Last summer, an orca whale named Talequah gave birth. Talequah’s species of killer whales was endangered, and her newborn was their hope for the future. But the baby whale lived for less than an hour. In a show of grief that was watched by people around the world, Talequah pushed her dead baby whale  through the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean for seventeen days before letting her go.

Sometimes believers in Jesus have a hard time knowing what to do with grief. Perhaps we fear that our sorrow might look like a lack of hope. But the Bible gives us many examples of humans crying out to God in grief. Lament and hope can both be part of a faithful response.

Lamentations is a book of five poems that express the sorrow of people who have lost their home. They’ve been hunted by enemies and were near death (3:52–54), and they weep and call on God to bring justice (v. 64). They cry out to God not because they have lost hope, but because they believe God is listening. And when they call, God does come near (v. 57).

It’s not wrong to lament the broken things in our world or in your life. God is always listening, and you can be sure that God will look down from heaven and see you.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How can you practice bringing all your emotions to God?
  • When have you felt God draw near to you in your sadness?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Loving God, help us to remember that it’s right to lament wrongness before we can begin to change it.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta