Daily Devotion

December 22, 2013

Get a Plan

Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, keep His commandments, hold fast to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
—Joshua 22:5

Perhaps today you need a miracle for you or your family. When you ask God for a miracle, He will often give you a set of instructions—a plan. He rarely releases a miracle without a plan. Too often we pray and then sit back and wait for God to perform miracles. If you read your Bible, however, you’ll find it doesn’t work that way. You want a miracle? You’re going to receive a set of instructions—a plan.

When Joshua needed a miracle of conquest, God gave him a plan.

You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, whenthey make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him. (Joshua 6:3–5)

God said, in effect, “Here’s the plan: march six times over six days, and on the seventh day, march seven times. Then blow the horns and shout—and the walls will fall.” Joshua obeyed, and God’s plan brought down the walls of Jericho.

When Naaman sought a miracle of healing for his leprosy, God provided a plan through the prophet Elisha. “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10). That simple set of instructions from God brought a miraculous healing to Naaman’s body. (See verse 14.)

Before Samson was born, God appeared to his mother and said, “Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shallbegin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Judges 13:5). God already had a miraculous and detailed plan for Samson’s life before the boy was even born.

Lord Jesus, keep my heart sensitive and open to receiving Your instructions, and give me the courage to walk in Your will when You reveal Your plan to me. Amen.