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Things Have A Way Of Changing

Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 17-18

 

Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan... (1 Chronicles 17.2-3)

 

Devotional Thought: My wife Lana and I are in the process of moving from Ohio to South Carolina. Several weeks ago I was speaking with some friends and told them it would probably be some time before we moved.  Things have a way of changing...  While we were visiting South Carolina, we came upon a house that seemed to be just what we needed for the next phase of our lives. And, the price was right.  So, we entered into a contract to buy it.  "It's still going to be some time before we move.  We have to sell our house," we assured our friends.  Things have a way of changing...

 

I've heard it said that "A plan is what you do if you don't do something else." That makes good practical sense, but what if that plan is "from the Lord"?

 

King David had a plan like that - to build a temple in Jerusalem.  Nathan the prophet agreed with him and assured him that God was in it!  Things have a way of changing...

 

God came to Nathan and told him to slow down a bit.  HIs plan was different from man's plan.  What may seem as though it's from God isn't necessarily so.  What do we do when that happens?  Let's do what Nathan did...

·       Be open to God's "second opinion"

·       Humble yourself and admit you are wrong

·       Go to those impacted by your mistake and set it straight

·       Don't let it destroy your faith, but continue to follow God confidently

·       Always remember that "Things have a way of changing!"

 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that when I miss the mark and misinterpret your will you do not stop speaking to me.  When I'm going the wrong way, help me to  be humble enough to listen and courageous enough to change course.  Amen.

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 43:1-5


1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

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