Today’s Scripture: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

We can be so stubborn sometimes. We get our minds so set on something that we allow ourselves to pursue it no matter what difficulties or obstacles we face. Am I saying that determination is bad or that we should give up when things don’t go as planned? No, of course not, but what I am saying is that we can be so set in our ways that we are no longer following God.

My dad has a saying, “Flexibility is 90% of spirituality.” He says this because if we aren’t willing to allow God to work in a way that we weren’t expecting, God won’t be able to work through us. We try to force God to do what we want when we want it. When we try to make God perform our plans and desires, we will be disappointed when things don’t go as we planned. Rather, we need to remember that God’s ways are so much higher than our ways. We need to trust that He has a reason when He says, “No.”

Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” We aren’t willing to take “No,” as an answer. We are so caught up with our own desires that when God closes a door, we try to force open a window.

How do you respond when God’s plans differ from your plans? Are you willing to let Him work in your life and give you the blessing He wants to give you? When your plans fail, thank God; He has a better plan for you than what you could have ever imagined. He will work out the situations you face for your good. Trust Him today, even if He says, “No.”

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.