Yesterday, I ended by saying, that instead of asking God to bless our plans, maybe we should humble ourselves and ask Him to show us His plan. I want to expand on that thought today.
Do Not Labor in Vain
We can make all the plans we want. We can work until our fingers bleed. But, here’s what Solomon tells us:
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Psalm 127:1 NIV
No man truly succeeds without the Lord. In our pride, we believe we can prosper in our marriages, our endeavors and even our churches by working hard and persevering. While it is true, that most worthwhile undertakings require substantial effort, the best thing we can do is humble ourselves on our knees seeking God’s will.
No matter how hard you try to force something to happen, if it isn’t aligned with the will of God, it is going to be frustrating. In a worldly sense, you might see some success, but in the end, it will be fruitless.
Nothing Can Hinder God’s Will
The best work you can do is to seek the will of God. Humbly ask Him to show you his plans for your life.
In contrast to those that “labor in vain”, when your efforts are aligned with God’s will from the start, nothing can hold you back.
Remember the story of Gideon in Judges 7? Gideon’s army faced the Midianites. At the start, Gideon had 32,000 troops. There is strength in numbers. However, God wanted Gideon to know that their victory came solely from Him. So, He had Gideon whittle his force down to only 300 men. He showed Gideon that nothing is impossible with God on your side.
No matter what you face. No matter how impossible the odds may seem. If God is for you, then nothing can stand against you. God can take the small, the unlikely, the impossible and use it for your victory.
Seek First His Kingdom
This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT
As Jesus tells us, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt 6:33)
As Christ Followers, we cannot boast or rely on our wisdom or power or riches. We must copy Jesus and seek first God’s kingdom where love, justice and righteousness always prevail.