Another day, another devotional! This is another great one from My Utmost. As usual, my opinions are in italics.
Don’t calculate without God.
God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the greatest factor in all our calculations.
This is particularly tough for me- because how exactly do I make sure that I’m calculating with God? What if I’m praying every morning and I go about my day making all my decisions and plans without another thought and prayer? Conversely, it’s a blessing to have your plans upset by God, because it means that He cares enough to steer us back in the right direction. Have you ever thought about it that way?
In our religion it is customary to put God first, but we are apt to think it is an impertinence to put Him first in the practical issues of our lives. If we imagine we have to put on our Sunday moods before we come near to God, we will never come near Him. We must come as we are.
Come as you are, but be honest and open. Be accepting of Him coming in and changing the entire course of something you’ve planned for a long time. I once was listening to a Heather Lindsey, and she said that she sometimes asked God how she needed to wear her hair. One day, she had done the hairstyle which God asked her to do, and when she went to work, a co-worker complimented her, and she had the chance to witness to the woman. God uses every little detail of your life for His glory! Even your hairstyle and your outfit.
Don’t calculate with the evil in view.
Does God really mean us to take no account of the evil? “Love…taketh no account of the evil” (rv). Love is not ignorant of the existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor. Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work all our reasonings from that standpoint.
What does it even mean to not take account of evil? Does God mean that we do not take into consideration the fact that our plans can go awry? See, there’s the catch. Our plans can go awry, but God’s never go wrong. He is unstoppable, and so are His plans. The trick is to always, always stay in His will, and nothing will stand in your way.
Don’t calculate with the rainy day in view.
You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said — “Let not your heart be troubled.” God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command — “Let not.…” Haul yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.
Now, this is where I need some help. Does this mean that we shouldn’t plan for dry seasons? But the bible tells us to be like the ants, which gather in summer and live in abundance in winter. (Proverbs 6:6) Some preachers say that having a fat savings account is not trusting that God will provide. Others say that it’s wisdom, and some say that we shouldn’t wait for God to do every single thing for us, when He’s given us the wisdom already.
Friends, what do you think? Please let me know.
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