“And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness” (Ezekiel 33:31 KJV)
How about you?
Do you lean toward inclination?
Are you more concerned about appearances than about obeying God?
Do you have a plan for your life? Do you know how to plan? Do you know if or when to give them up to follow the plan God has for your life? Further, do you know how to identify the plans God has for you?
Know this: If God is calling you to give up something good, then trust that He has some greater good for you.
“We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to yield to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which hinders us in the heavenward way. Even when called upon to surrender those things which in themselves are good, we may be sure that God is thus working out for us some higher good.” Ministry of Healing, 473.4
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for planning especially with me in mind. Please bless me to know and follow Your plans for my life at all cost. With a grateful heart, I pray in the name of Jesus to know Your will for me this blessed Sabbath day. Amen.
NOTE: These devotionals began as daily texts to encourage my academy roommate and dear friend of nearly 50 years, until she suddenly passed a few weeks ago (Feb 2023). Now I continue to compile and send them to anyone who wants to receive them and to her family in honor of their mom. First, I pray and look for a Bible verse or passage and find a suitable commentary (or vice versa) and add a prayer. Some days, only a Scripture and prayer are ordered. I might even add a song. If you agree to receive them, then this way I not only honor God but the memory of a very dear friend whom I desperately miss. My personal prayer is that God will bless me to find ways to multiply this gift. So please feel free to forward to your loved ones or to anyone, as God leads you. I’m calling them Barb’s Devotionals.