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Daily Bread

Noble plans

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A generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand. – Isaiah 32:8

There’s a difference between saying, "I would like to visit England sometime" and saying, "I’m planning to visit England next week." One statement expresses a desire; the other indicates indefinite preparation.

So often we enter a new year with hopes, desires, and resolutions that can be the seed of positive change. But the key to what actually happens in our lives is in making definite plans. That involves thought, purpose, and effort.

Isaiah wrote about a future time when "a king will reign in righteousness" (ISAIAH 32:1). This prophetic passage tells us about the coming rule of Christ, but it also gives us a principle that we who bow before Jesus as King can apply today. Isaiah contrasted the schemer who "devises wicked plans" with the generous or noble person who "devises generous things" (vv. 7-8). As Christ followers, we are to be generous people.

What plans have we made for increased generosity during this new year? Are we only hoping to give more time and attention to others, or have we made some specific commitments? If we want to help a person or a cause financially, have we written the first check?

This is a great time to make noble plans that honor God with our vision and generosity. – David C. Mccasland

In Jesus’ name our prayer we raise,

Whose guiding hand has blessed our days;

And may we, Lord, in godly fear

Serve You throughout this coming year. – Anon.


READ: ISAIAH 32:1-8


God’s plans include you.

Do your plans include God?
AS CHRIST DAVID C DEVISES GENEROSITY GENEROUS IN JESUS ISAIAH MCCASLAND PLANS SERVE YOU
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