God Is In Control

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.    Proverbs 19:21

The terror group Hamas broke through the border of the Gaza Strip into Israel on October 7, killing more than a thousand and taking many hundreds back to Gaza as hostages. Since then, out of northern Lebanon, Hezbollah has also been attacking Israel’s defense forces with rockets and artillery. More areas are getting involved, and the situation could be dire for some time to come. 

Kristen, who was visiting family in Lebanon at the time, was scheduled to catch a flight back to America. Her plans were interrupted when the airline canceled her flight. The circumstances required her to find another way home. She eventually traveled on Middle East Airlines to Qatar where she was able to make a connection. The plans she had involved a detour, but she made it back safely. 

Jeremiah 29:11 reminds you that God has plans for you. Today’s verse says He also knows you have plans of your own. Sometimes they will mesh neatly, and other times your plans face interruptions, whether it is a canceled flight, a cancer diagnosis, or the unplanned arrival of guests. When you experience detours, seek to understand the purpose the Lord has in mind for you. His plans extend to all the nations of the earth (Psalm 22:28). Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), for the Jewish people, and for Israel’s leaders. Pray for wisdom for the governing officials of the United States during these turbulent times.  

Today’s Verse: Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, 
    but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 

2 a time to be born, and a time to die; 
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; 
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; 
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; 
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; 
a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; 
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; 
a time for war, and a time for peace. 

9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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