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02/01/2021 03:00 - 03/01/2021 02:00

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” - Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).

While every manager is encouraged to plan, there is one thing every manager would know that even the best of plans can suffer from sudden changes in the environment. All plans are premised on certain assumptions: the availability of funds, willingness of manpower, peace; factors sometimes which we don’t have control. For example, as 2020 begun, who could have guessed there would come along a yearlong pandemic, paralyzing all business operations, by locking down people in their homes and behind closed borders.

That is why Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” This is all to emphasize that while we could all make plans, and however masterfully they are, in the end the power lies with God.

In our individual lives few would argue against the wisdom of planning. But yet at the same time when one fails to realize or concede that there is a limit to all our plans such has lost the point. Plan we may; but we don’t have control of everything.

And speaking of these days, we wake up and hear the sudden loss of life, often of people we knew to be in perfect health, only to be felled by the virus. This can certainly cause a certain fear. Yet in truth there is nothing much to be surprised at. Whatever might be our ideas of life, it is God who is ever in control.

The Christian soldier knows that full well and takes comfort in the supreme knowledge that beyond all preparations for battle there is one who holds the key. As Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, as we all start the year, with all our plans perfectly written and in place, may we remember that in the end you have  the keys to bring success, and so we lay all our plans at your feet that you who knows the future may guide them to success!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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