Trusting God’s Greater Plans

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When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son. — Galatians 4:4

This Christmas, are you waiting for some precious promise to be fulfilled? Do not despair — God always keeps His word. Yet just as the Savior appeared in a way and time that were completely unexpected to anyone — so will the blessings He has for you.

For example, the nation of Israel thought the Messiah would appear during a time of national crisis. But the Lord had better plans. He waited until the message of the Gospel could be carried to the ends of the earth so the whole world could embrace the Good News.

How Christ came contradicted the Israelites’ expectations as well. They imagined a great conqueror who’d build the kingdom of Israel — not a Baby in a manger. Yet Jesus had a greater purpose — saving their souls, not just their land.

Therefore, if you’re discouraged because God’s promise to you is not yet fulfilled — remember, His answer may not appear in the manner or time you suppose. But rest assured, He has greater plans than you can imagine. So continue to trust and obey Him completely, and anticipate the blessings He’s promised you with joy.

Lord, I will trust Your ways and timing. Thank You for always providing beyond what I imagine, amen.

In His presence… trust His plan.

Excerpted with permission from Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

What are you waiting and trusting God for today? Are you discouraged? Today, let’s be reminded of His faithfulness. How has the Lord proven His faithfulness in your life? What promises have been fulfilled? Come share with us on our blog and be encouraged that God is on your side and His plan is going to happen at just exactly the right time! We would love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily



Charles Stanley

Dr. Charles F. Stanley has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1971. He is the author of fifty books with more than 6.5 million copies sold. In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on radio and television in fifty languages around the world.

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