“The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 TLB).
Now, this doesn’t mean God will give you a goal as audacious as building an ark, but I pray he’ll give you a big goal — even an audacious one — for your next 10 years.
The Bible says, “The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 TLB). By looking ahead, we’ll not only be prepared to spot the pitfalls when they come into our lives, we’ll also be equipped to make plans that help us become the person God wants us to be.
Ask God to help you establish goals for the next decade of your life. Then you’ll be ready to move forward and learn how to handle the pitfalls that could potentially keep you from getting where God wants you to go.
UNDERSTANDING will never bring you Peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master). The wisest of all men, Solomon, could never think his way through to Peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings of futility, rather than in fulfillment. Finally, he lost his way and succumbed to the will of his wives by worshiping idols. My Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
PROVERBS 3 : 5 – 6
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
ROMANS 5 : 1
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
2 THESSALONIANS 3 : 16
Live Relaxed in God’s Grace
God understands you completely. He’s fully aware of your humanity. He knows what makes you tick. He knows your faults, your fears, your failures, and your frustrations. He doesn’t expect you to be Superman or Superwoman.
If you’re a parent, do you love your children at every stage of their development or are you waiting until they’re mature to love them?
The point is, God loves you at every stage of your development so you don’t have to have unresolved guilt and unrealistic expectations. God’s love is unconditional. It’s not based on what you do or don’t do.
The Bible teaches us that, “There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 TEV) What does that mean? Let’s say I take a card and write every single thing I’ve ever done wrong on it — all my sins, all my faults, all and my mistakes. And then I put the card in a book and close it. You can’t see the card anymore. You can only see the book. That’s the way God sees us when Jesus is in our lives. He no longer sees our sin; he sees Jesus at work in our lives.
When I come to Christ, Jesus wraps me with His love. He looks at Jesus and sees that Jesus is perfect. He doesn’t see my sin. That’s what it means to relax in God’s grace.