Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Wednesday May 15, 2019

Theme: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Text: “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:4, 5.

Comment: To accomplish an ultimate purpose, one must put it in prayer to God. (Proverbs 3:5,6; Jeremiah 10:23,24) One should establish objectives and determine the means for what is to be done based on realistic parameters. (Luke 14:28) Talking of planning, we should remember how Jehu dealt with the worshippers of Baal, claiming he wanted to worship with them. This made it easy for him to crush them.  (2 Kings 10:18-24)  In building his palace, David the king reached out to Hiram King of Tyre not only for materials but also for skilled workmen. (2 Samuel 5:11) Also, in preparing materials for the temple King David gathered materials “in abundance”. (1 Chronicles 29:2)

Furthermore, one must lay down timelines for what one wants to do. You do not postpone what you can do today.   (Proverbs 3:28; 27:1) The advice from men and women of wisdom, especially those versed in that field is also crucial. In the time of King David God gave wisdom to 200 men from the tribe of Issachar who counselled the nation of Israel “on what to do”. (1 Chronicles 12:32) Our Redeemer called, dedicated, ordinary men and empowered them to impart knowledge. One must be knowledgeable in his field in order to excel. – Matthew 4:19; Acts 4:13.

 

Moreover there should the evaluation of what had been done. After each phase of creation the Bible says God saw that it was good (or perfect) before moving to the next phase. – Genesis 1:31. 2 Cor. 13:5,6. 

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