Often the counsel is given to leaders in the ministry (especially to younger ones),
"You must make a plan; then you must work your plan."
Yet is this counsel able to be supported from the absolute truth of God's Holy Word,
or is it founded upon the wisdom of men?
Furthermore, what about finding out and following after our Lord's purpose and plan?
What about committing our way unto the Lord?
What about waiting on the Lord, and keeping His way?
What about acknowledging the Lord in all our ways, and allowing Him to direct our paths?
Finally, is it truly possible to work our plan without it being altered,
regularly and often significantly, by the revision of our Lord's direction,
by the resistance of our adversary the devil, by the rearrangement of others' decisions,
and by the reality circumstantial difficulties?
P.S. When we give counsel to leaders in the ministry,
would it not be better to give it direclty from the truth of God's Word,
especially from those epistles in the New Testament that were given for that primary purpose?
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia,
and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia:
but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia,
assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let [hindered] hitherto,)
that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
1 Thessalonians 2:17-18
But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart,
endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
3 John 1:9
I wrote unto the church:
but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
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