Too often, I have formulated scenarios in my mind that seemed good enough to be pleasing to God, only to discover He was not at all impressed with my ideas. The simple truth is no humanly formulated plan is sufficient for the Almighty; our cleverness is no substitute for His wisdom and perfection. Because of His great love, He will not commit His blessing to something harmful or foolishly conceived. On the other hand, He patiently works with my insufficiencies, and through His grace and mercy, great things are accomplished. Gracious Father, I am amazed by Your goodness and longsuffering. You turn my weaknesses to strength, my confusion to insight, my darkness to light and my messes to miracles. And as if that were not enough, You allow me to share in the joy of Your work. LORD You are good and Your mercies endure forever!
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.