"Get with the Program" - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
Ephesians 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
God has ultimate control of everything. Whatever comes, God either directs it or he permits it to come into your life. For example, He directed Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened. And, He permitted the devil to mess with job’s stuff, with his family, and with his health. If a negative event happens in your life, God is in control of it. If it comes, God is not surprised. If it is here now, God willed it to be there. Sickness does not come from God, but He allows it to happen (Job).
God’s plan does not depend on what man will or will not do. His plan is based on what He predestined would happen before the beginning of time. God’s plan for you was laid out before you were born. Thus, you have a responsibility to obey Him. His purpose for your life was pre-determined. Thus, you have a duty to submit to His Word and surrender to His will. How do you know His will? Follow the guidance in His Word.
Each of us has a responsibility to surrender to God’s program. We are to relinquish control of every aspect of our lives to Him. In total surrender to God, people have taken questionable jobs, turned down promotions, and changed careers because the work was in conflict with God’s Word. People have become missionaries and served in out of the way places while raising their families because they submitted to God’s will for their lives. In surrender to God, people have given up the fight to follow their agenda and have given in to God’s program.
Each of us has a responsibility to submit to God’s will. We have a duty to voluntarily give up our rights to God when it comes to making day to day decisions. We have a responsibility to yield to God’s Word, to redirect our plans when they do not line up with His guidance, and to reassess our strategy when it is contrary to God’s Word and His way.
Our agendas include personal peace, happiness, comfort, financial security, loving friends, good health, fulfilling experiences, reaching our fullest potential, civil rights, personal privileges, and well mapped out plans. On the other hand, God’s agenda is for us to live by faith, following what His Word says every step of the way. His program is for us to live out the purpose for which we were created which results in a life that glorifies Him.
When our agenda does not line up with God’s plans, He has a way of getting our attention. He gets our attention in various ways. If you are facing difficult or confusing circumstances, ask God to show you His point of view. He will show you through His Word, through that still quiet voice within you, and He will sometimes confirm it through other people.
God is sovereign. Thus, He already knows how things are going to be in your life. He already knows what He is going to do during the course of your life. Your job is to surrender, to submit, and to patiently wait. Why? God owns the agenda, He designed the program, He laid out the plan, and He is in control of all of it. He does not ask your opinion about what He plans to do. His Word spells out clearly what He will do with, through, and for you.
It is in your best interest to get with God’s program. Why? God is sovereign. He is supreme ruler of all, and He has autonomous power in the universe. Therefore, save yourself from worry, fret, and from second guessing what to do about a given situation. Ask God what to do and get with His program by totally surrendering to Him.
Today, tell someone, “Get with the program.”
Additional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.