God’s Plan for Us
“The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king’” (1 Samuel 16:1).
The Lord is never at loss for a man. When one fails, He has another ready. His plans and purposes go on, in spite of human failure, and through all seeming disaster.
Here was a boy, keeping the sheep in the fields, probably not dreaming of greatness; and yet God had him marked out to be king! Boys do not know what God has in mind for them. They may be sure, however, that for every one of them, God has some plan. It may be a great place or a small one, as the world rates greatness or smallness; but every boy should feel that to be just what God made him to be is the grandest, noblest, and best thing possible for him. If God made him to be a carpenter, and by his own restless strivings he gets to be a member of Congress or Parliament, or President of the United States; his place is not half so high and great in the angels’ sight as if he had been the carpenter he was meant to be.
The greatest place anyone can attain is the place God intended him to fill. How can we know what God wants us to do and to be? By doing His will, day by day, with quiet faithfulness, wherever we find ourselves. God’s will for each day is God’s plan for us for that day. Thus He will lead us continually to that which He has for us to do. Failure in the lowlier duties will hinder our promotion to the higher.
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God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for our King’s glory,
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This post is another installment of Miller’s Monday Musings, a weekly series that is published every Monday on my website. The series features selected writings that have been adapted from the works of James Russell Miller (1840-1912), a much-beloved Christian author and pastor who is well-remembered for his practical thoughts on Christian home and family life. Learn more about this weekly series by clicking here.