Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful. Proverbs 16:20
Have you ever pursued your own desires to the point that you start manipulating the situation to appear better than it actually is? It is human nature to seek what pleases us; in fact, we are encouraged to chase our dreams at any cost. But there is a common weakness that permeates our society, many individuals base their actions off of instinct or emotions. Desire produces determination, and there is nothing wrong with improving our lives. Nonetheless, successful outcomes rely on astute decision-making skills and a systematic process; steps based on rational thoughts, time for strategic planning, and the identification of viable goals.
It is my desire to relocate from the rural town that we live in, to a more peaceful country setting. When we began to develop the course of action that it would take to achieve this significant life event, we realized that the responsibilities would outweigh the benefits at this time in our lifespan as retirees. Because we made the choice to remain obedient to the perfect will of God, I realize that we already have the enjoyment of a peaceful life. But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1. God, who is Omnipotent, could have spoken the world into existence immediately, but He did not. Even God took the time to create the heavens and the earth on a day-by-day basis. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Genesis 1:31. The Creation was God’s strategic plan, carried out without haste, and with reflection before He continued.
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day, God had finished his work of creation, so he rested (ceased) from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3
When we place confidence in our abilities without God’s guidance, we engage in risky behaviors and ventures. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12. We are not compelled to live a life full of regrets or mistakes. God is here! When we completely trust in Him, we will not forge full speed ahead with plans that are made in haste and without His blessings.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020