“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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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!