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Devotionals for Pastors - A Change in Plans
By Ed Wrather


A Change in Plans

Come now, you who say, ĎToday or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profití; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ĎIf the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.í - James 4:13-15.

In December 1999, just prior to the morning service I was reminded again of the providence of God. We had made our plans. It seemed as we had set the date that this would be the only time possible for the choirís Christmas Cantata. So our choir had been practicing and the preparations had been made for the Christmas Cantata to be performed. I had also been preparing. I had prepared for a short devotional message after the program, which was along the same theme. Our plans and preparations had been made but God had other plans.

About 30 minutes prior to the start of the morning worship service I was informed that our worship leader was ill. Greg was so ill that he had to leave which I think was a first for him and us. Our assistant worship leader had called earlier and was also ill and would not be able to come to church. The decision was immediately made to return to the normal order of service. A man who had rarely led our choir would direct it. I had been planning to preach a sermon for the Sunday after Christmas, which was suddenly the only choice for that day. All went well with our service except for a few minor glitches. We all knew that God was at work and there were those present who needed to hear the message that was presented.

Sometimes even our best plans and preparations may be overruled by God. We must be alert to what He wants to accomplish. The Bible makes it clear that we are only here on this earth for a short time. We have only one opportunity to see Godís will be done in our lives. Even though the world calls, the world beckons, the world allures, we must stay the course. The course is Godís plan, Godís will, Godís call upon our lives. Pray for Godís perfect plan, and will to be fulfilled in your life. Pray for Godís call and purpose in your life to be fulfilled to the ultimate degree.

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