Saturday, November 23, 2013

Best Laid Plans

Diana here: I'm going to be missing from the blog for a bit while I have foot surgery. But today I have a treat for you, from Ava Pennington.

Excerpt from Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, by Ava Pennington

Best Laid Plans

Lord (Adonai)

Genesis 15:1-21

“O Lord God, what will Thou give me, since I am childless” (Genesis 15:2).

Conventional wisdom tells us that to be successful we should become adept at planning. Good planning helps us manage resources and minimize unexpected challenges.

God had promised to bless Abram and Abram had become wealthy. Even so, the promise of an heir had yet to be fulfilled, and Abram and his wife had become too old to have children.

Abram offered God a plan. He could adopt an heir according to the practices of his day. God was not interested in this or any other suggestion. His promise would be fulfilled in His way. He revealed Himself to Abram by a new name—Adonai—the Lord.

Abram called God, Lord God. He understood that the Lord—Adonai—had the right to command him. Abram’s sole assignment was to take God at His word. Like Abram, we need to trust God’s plans for our lives. He is our Lord and He has the right to command us. Ours is the privilege to believe and obey Him. The only appropriate response is to yield to His lordship.

One day, the world will acknowledge God is Adonai and that the title “Lord” also belongs to God’s Son, Jesus. For now, we must learn to write our plans in pencil and carry a big eraser.

            Adonai, You are my Lord. Show me where my plans do not agree with Your plans.

How can I implement my plans today in a way that leaves room for God’s changes?

Ava Pennington is the author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God, released by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries International. Visit her blog at, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. She is also a regular contributor to My Purpose Now.

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  1. Replies
    1. Ava, I must get your book. You have a unique gift or teaching. Thank you for helping out this week.

  2. I reviewed this book when it first came out. An excellent book!

  3. I really enjoyed the reflection above ! Thank you! Mary Lou K