I am Planning to Do God’s Plan
Isaiah 30:1 1“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; (English Standard Version)
Wow this is unbelievably timely. This Friday I finish as Chief Executive of Bible Society New Zealand and my plan was to move back to Australia, spend some time completing my doctorate and undertaking some consulting. The major thrust of this next phase in my life is to give me the freedom to develop more fully some of the ministries I have started and explore what God wants me to do next. What I didn’t want to happen is to have the next role locked in place too quickly, but to give myself some room to reflect, to pray and to see what emerges. Sounds like a nice plan but it isn’t my emerging reality!
Without going into detail, I have been approached to consider three ministry roles: one is a global leadership role, another a regional leadership role and the third a church leadership role. And the thing is all of them require action now and will be decided sometime around May. And all are contrary to my original plan of remaining a free agent this year, giving myself freedom to explore.
But really what I think on this matter doesn’t matter! As Isaiah reminds me, I should seek God’s plan not mine, to follow my own plan is off track. But how do I know I am doing God’s plan? As the reading shares, by making an alliance with God’s Spirit. This means I need to do all I can to stay as close to God as possible. What does it take? It takes me spending way more time in prayer, in reading and reflecting on the Bible, in listening to trusted Christian friends. The key is that I wake up in the morning with the intention of getting as close to God as I possibly can and from this I will find greater clarity as to God’s will.
It also involves others praying for me, so would you pray for me? And if you get a word from God about what I am to do I welcome it! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Also if I could pray for you please let me know your prayer need.
Exciting times ahead!
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