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Do You Have A Plan?

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Where do we place our trust? As I age I’m starting to get more and more info on retirement (and senior discounts – sweet). I was talking to someone the other day about retirement and they said they hadn’t thought much about it yet (and they were nearly my age). I have been planning for retirement (even though I hope it is 2-9 years off) since I was 25 and first married. I wouldn’t say I put my trust in my retirement plan – but I have one. I’m not sure I want to retire – but I have a plan if I do.

Where do we place our trust? In the NFL – my favorite team (the Baltimore Ravens) – has a general manager named Ozzie Newsome (his last year). General managers are very important to NFL teams. General managers draft players – sign players – and work out contracts for players. They have others who work with them – but the saying around Baltimore is – in Ozzie we trust. Even when we as fans do not see the merit in a trade or a signing – someone will post in Ozzie we trust. The same can be said about the Baltimore Orioles – I often see in Buck we trust – when he makes a managerial move that we may not understand (currently as I’m writing this devotional I have music playing and the NFL draft on mute – I’m not watching the Birds <down 5-0 already with our best pitcher going tonight>).

Where do we place our trust? When we need to hit a good shot in golf – do we have a go to club? A number of pros will not hit off the first tee with a driver. They often hit a club they are extremely comfortable with to make sure – with everyone watching – and the nerves of a new tournament – that they get a solid first hit. Sometimes it’s a fairway wood or even a long iron. Better to have a longer second shot from the fairway than a shot from the rough or worse.

Where do we place our trust? Today’s passage says – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 Where do we place our trust?

Here’s today passage in partial context. Psalm 20:1–9 – May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. 6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

Where do we place our trust? In tough times – where do we turn? With difficult decisions at hand – where do we turn? When life’s seemingly impossible issues hit our plate – where do we turn? Of course the Sunday School answer is Jesus! Turning to God is where we should turn – not just in difficult seasons of life but everyday!

The United Methodist Church is facing some tough times ahead. Our Annual Conference will be revealing. A special session of General Conference has been called for 2019. Churches – Conferences – Board of Ordained Ministries – Pastors and others are making plans to push their agenda. What is your plan moving forward? Do you plan to stick through the thick and the thin or do you have an exist plan? Having a plan is important.

Where do we place our trust? Some will trust themselves – their strength or ability or money. Some will trust the might (chariots and horses) they amass – while others will rely on their allies. We are called to reply on God – in the tough seasons of life and in the good seasons of life.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

April 27, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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