Our Daily Bread Devotional 27 August 2022 ODB Today titled Plans and Providence
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TOPIC: PLANS AND PROVIDENCE
Our Daily Bread Devotional 27th August 2022 ODB Today || Bible Verse
If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. – James 4:15
Our Daily Bread Devotional 27 August 2022 ODB Today || Today’s Scripture: James 4:13–17
READ || Our Daily Bread Devotional 27 August 2022 ODB Today || INSIGHT
In 2000, an upstart company operating on a movie-rental-by-mail system offered to sell their company for $50 million to Blockbuster, the home movies and video game rentals king at that time. Netflix had roughly 300,000 subscribers, while Blockbuster had millions and millions of them. Blockbuster passed on the opportunity to purchase their little competitor. The result? Today Netflix has more than 180 million subscribers and is worth nearly $200 billion. As for Blockbuster, well . . . it went bust. None of us can predict the future.
We’re tempted to believe that we’re in control of our lives and that our plans for the future will succeed. But James says, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (4:14). Life is brief, quick, and more fragile than we often realize. Planning is necessary, but the sin of presumption is in the assumption that we’re in control. That’s why James warns us not to “boast in [our] arrogant schemes,” for “all such boasting is evil” (v. 16).
The way to avoid this sinful practice is through grateful participation with God. Gratitude reminds us that He’s the source of every “good and perfect gift” (1:17). Then when we come to God, we ask Him not to simply bless our present and future plans but to help us join Him in what He’s doing. This is what it means to pray, “If it is the Lord’s will” (4:15). By: Glenn Packiam
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Our Daily Bread Devotional 27 August 2022 ODB Today || REFLECT: How are you tempted to be in control of your life? What will it mean for you to surrender to God and participate with Him?
Dear Jesus, I relinquish my plans to You. Help me to put my trust in You, because You never fail.
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