July 23 God’s Plan and Power

scripture reading: 1 Samuel 3:1–21
key verse: 1 Samuel 3:10

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

You have probably known people who insist on serving God on their own terms. Before they even ask God in prayer what He wants them to do, they already have their plans mapped out. Before long, otherwise good and noble projects go wrong, and they don’t understand why. Charging ahead without seeking the Lord’s will, or ignoring His counsel, almost always brings negative consequences.

Hophni and Phinehas performed worship ceremonies in the temple according to their own wishes. Because they were more concerned about having relationships with the temple women and getting the best pieces from the sacrifices, God eventually allowed them to be killed.

Samuel, however, learned how to listen to God’s voice and how to respond. Just as Eli had told him, when Samuel heard God’s call in the night, he answered, “Speak, for Thy servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10 nasb). Samuel was ready to hear and obey whatever his Master told him; he waited for the Lord’s command.

Do you seek God’s instruction, or do you try to do His work in your own strength? For whatever He asks you to do, He provides the plan and the power to accomplish it. God’s work done God’s way means sure success.

Heavenly Father, I want to do Your work in Your way. Show me Your plan, then give me the power to accomplish it.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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