Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45

So, I didn’t get to go riding on the trail this morning. It was raining. Like many people I don’t like it when MY plans are altered. Whether it is weather, other people’s needs, or a project that requires more time than allotted, I don’t like things to interfere with my plans. With me being a Baptist preacher, responsible Dad, respectable husband and all around good Christian guy, you would think God would help me out here! Not according to Scripture.

Scripture says whether you are righteous or evil, God allows the sun to rise and the rain to fall on both. So what does God expect? I believe it is good to have a plan in life – particularly if we are seeking God for that plan. But at times I get so focused on the plan in MY head that I forget it is supposed to be God’s plan that I follow and not my own. I believe God can to use these unexpected and sometimes undesired turn of events to help keep us on track. Just maybe it was more important that I be sure I was on track today instead of on the trail.

Think about it…

How do you deal with unexpected changes to your schedule? Have you ever considered that God might desire to speak to you or use such events to redirect you onto the path HE desires?

If you were to embrace interruptions to your plans as opportunities to refocus on God’s desire for your day, how might this change your day? Your relationship with your peers? Your time with family at the end of your day?

In Surrender to Christ,