Daily Devotion

December 20, 2013

Placement Can Help You Avoid Future Problems

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
—Romans 12:2

Living within the proper placement of God can make all the difference between a life of blessing and a life of sorrow. If you live in the right city, go to the right church, find the right job, hang out with the right people, and marry the right spouse, many potential problems will be averted. How do you discover the right place? Repent, pray, and expect divine guidance.

1. Repent; stop doing your own thing.

Psalm 92:13 says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Don’t be a tumbleweed Christian, fruitless and rootless, blowing in and out of churches. Get rooted and grounded in the right church. The prodigal son finally came to his senses and realized that he was in the wrong place, living in a pigpen, when he said, “I will arise and go to my father” (Luke 15:18). He was saying, in effect, “I’m leaving the wrong place and going back to the right place.” (See verses 11–32.)

2. Pray for God’s timing and God’s place.

We are not asking for something that God doesn’t know. Acts 17:26 says, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.” According to Scripture, God assigns a place for you and sets a time for you to be there.

3. Expect divine guidance.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). Missing God’s will produces severe consequences. It is my belief that you are safer fighting in a war within the will of God than spending a day at the beach outside of the will of God. Learn to listen to your inner voice of discernment in order to release supernatural provision into your life and the lives of those you meet.

God has a “SeaWorld” assignment for you. Someone out there is in his or her dark night of the soul. People are counting on you to be sensitive enough to God’s leading that you will be in the right place at the right time so He can use you to shine His light into their darkness.

Lord Jesus, give me the strength to stop following my own will and wait for Your guidance to the right place. Give me the faith to expect that guidance, and the courage to pursue Your will when You reveal it to me. I trust You for the future, holy Father. Amen.