‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ Proverbs 16:9 NLT
Here are three important truths to help you enjoy the life God wants you to live: (1) Believe God wants you to succeed. Give up the unscriptural notion that this life has no value. God has a special work for you to do—here and now (Jeremiah 29:11). You ask, ‘What defines success?’ Answer: the progressive achievement of a God–given goal resulting in feeling good about yourself. ‘Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.’ (Deuteronomy 29:9 NIV) (2) Consult God before you set your goals. The Bible says, ‘We should make plans—counting on God to direct us.’ (Proverbs 16:9 TLB) If you’re constantly stressed out and confused, you may be on the wrong track. Go back and check with God; what has He told you to do? It’s His will for you to succeed in these six areas: (a) spiritual; (b) relational; (c) physical; (d) mental; (e) social; (f) financial. ‘Whatever he does shall prosper.’ (Psalms 1:3 NKJV) (3) Invest in yourself. ‘Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7 NIV) If you’re willing to spend money at fine restaurants but not on good books, your future is already determined. And the first book you need to invest in is a Bible. John writes, ‘And the Word was God.’ (John 1:1 NIV) That means each time you read God’s Word, you’re depositing more of God into you. Wow! Think how that affects your life! Cultivate a teachable spirit. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV) This is the life God wants you to live!
SoulFood: Exo 16-18; John 2:1-11; Ps 23; Pro 26:10-12
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014