Tuesday, February 5

My plan—God’s plan

Scripture: Exodus 39-40, Psalm 15, Acts 12

Observation

In Mark 10, James and John ask to be Jesus’ right and left hand men in His kingdom—they lobbied for the top spots of power.  Jesus asked if they could drink His cup and embrace His baptism.  They said yes, having no idea that Jesus was talking about His suffering and death.  Jesus responded that they would in fact experience His cup and baptism.  And here in Acts 12, James does.  Rather than becoming the powerful co-regent he dreamed, James gave his life as a martyr for the cause of Christ.  And quickly.  

Application

Our plans and God’s plan may be different—wildly different.  James planned to be a ruler with Christ; Jesus told him instead that he would suffer and die for Christ.  Jesus also told all of them that leadership was service, becoming the lowest not the highest, humbly serving not proudly wielding power.  Jesus’ plan involved a cross, not a throne.

Compare this with the phrase that is repeated over and over in Exodus 39-40: they did everything “just as the Lord commanded Moses.”  God had a plan—they executed it. 

Most of the time, I have a plan and like James, I want God to make it happen.  But I need to be committed to God’s plan.  I need to ask the Lord what He wants to do.  Like James and John, I can bring my request (because we have a conversational relationship with God), but then I need to listen for His answer, and do what He wants.  

The servant of the Lord says, “Yes, Lord, to anything, anytime, anywhere.”  Yes to God’s plan.

Prayer: Today, Lord, I’m listening to You.  What’s Your plan for today?  This week?  This month?  This year?  Help me to do “just as the Lord commands.”