Why doesn’t the Lord always help us with our plans?

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Our plans are not always God’s plans. He may see that it is best for us and for His cause to refuse our very best intentions, as He did in the case of David. But of one thing we may be assured, He will bless and use in the advancement of His cause those who sincerely devote themselves and all they have to His glory. If He sees it best not to grant their desires He will counterbalance the refusal by giving them tokens of His love and entrusting to them another service. Even, if we make mistakes, He will turn it around for our good.

In His loving care and interest for us, often He who understands us better than we understand ourselves refuses to permit us selfishly to seek the gratification of our own ambition (Matt. 6:33). He does not permit us to pass by the homely but sacred duties that lie next to us. Often these duties afford the very training essential to prepare us for a higher work. Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed.” “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” (Romans 8:28).

We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to return to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which delays us in going in His direction. Even when He asks us to yield good things, we should be assured that He is preparing for us something better.

In the future when we look back and we will see clearly Gods plan. We shall see why our unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.

We are to look upon every duty, as sacred because it is a part of God’s service. “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Our daily prayer should be, “Lord, help me to do my best. Teach me how to do better work. Give me energy and cheerfulness. Help me to bring into my service the loving ministry of the Savior.”

In His Service,


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