This morning at chapel, I was privileged to hear from a man who has been serving God faithfully in missions for many years. He had a question that spoke to me clearly and I spent some time reflecting on it during my devotion time.
The question he asked is this: when the pressure is on, how do you handle it? When the plans God has for me get tough, what do I do with the tough stuff?
He said that God’s plan is ‘plan A’, and that ‘plan B’ is what the devil would like me to do. Plan A is impossible to do without God, but plan B can be done on my own strength. Plan A will bring challenges and tests that I can not pass without faith. Plan B only requires faith in myself.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
When faced with an obstacle, keeping my eyes on God is what will bring me through it. Keeping my eyes on my own skills and gifts might get me somewhere, but it will fall short of God’s wonderful plan. When we say yes to God’s plan, we can expect difficulty, but through that difficulty, God is telling us to trust Him and not ourselves.