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Chapter 10 - Everything is Going According to Plan
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. - Proverbs 16:9
When man lived closer to nature, vicissitudes of weather made clear to him his need of his God. Urban life opens many other possibilities that have a less clear connection to God.
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. - James 4:13-15
A Christian can come to the point where he thinks little of God and focuses mostly on his own plans and how to achieve them. He may come think of schooling, employment, social position, or savings as the key elements to secure his future. He may become so woven into the fabric of the world system that there is little distinctive about him that would testify to his faith.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. - James 4:4
We can think we are being prudent, in planning our future and making provision for ourselves and family. However, it is very easy to erode faith in God by placing faith in our own cleverness, skills, or resources.
for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. - Romans 14:23b
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5
Our focus on our own plans (even if well meaning) can work to exclude our Lord from our thoughts such that by default, we elevate ourselves and start a process of leavening. We end up constructing a mental edifice that does not honor our God but ourselves.
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. - Pslam 127:1
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. - 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
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