Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Fearlessly forward – Day 6

Fearlessly forward by making God part of your plans

Bible text(s)

2You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it.

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Proverbs 3:5-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

Ask, Seek, Knock

7“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7GNBOpen in Bible reader

3“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvellous things that you know nothing about.

Jeremiah 33:3GNBOpen in Bible reader

When our daughter was two years old, she went through a “I will do it myself” phase. She wanted to dress herself and eat on her own — walk down the stairs and even cross the road by herself. Did I let her? Not if it would have endangered her. Still, to prevent a lot of tears on the one hand and to create a learning opportunity on the other hand, I have learned at the time to sometimes stand back and allow her to first “do it on her own” — knowing that she would most probably ask for my help.

As adults, we also at times go through this “I will do it myself” phase. Even though we might not declare it with our words, we say it with our actions by choosing not to make God a part of our plans. For instance, we think we can sort out the crisis in our marriage, workplace or with a child — seeing that we have done it in the past. Or we think we can get out of our financial difficulty on our own — seeing that we have a number of friends with knowledge that can help us. Or we think we can decide on our own whether the person with whom we are in a relationship with is going to be our spouse or not.

Although God can easily and quickly help us and lead us with wisdom, He too at times stands back, if we choose to follow the “I will do it myself” route. In James 4:2b we read: “… ye have not, because ye ask not.”

In order to save us a lot of frustration and pain, I would advise that we get into the habit of laying down our pride and deliberately consult God when making plans. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we read: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” In Matthew 7:7 we read: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” And in Jeremiah 33:3 God says: “Call to me and I will answer you …”

Do you seek God’s Kingdom first in your workplace and decisions about your family, or do you, like my daughter when she was younger, still say with your actions: “I will do it on my own”? God bless.

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