October 18 Adjusting to God’s Plan

Scripture reading: Matthew 4:18–20

Key verse: Matthew 16:18

I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

There are plenty of examples of people who believe they should do one thing when God has another idea in mind. That was the case with the apostle Peter. When Jesus found him, he was totally engulfed by his work.

He believed that the Sea of Galilee was where he belonged. Yet Jesus knew differently. Peter was a hard worker, very committed, and loyal to those who worked alongside him. He also had a longing for the Messiah to come. Some scholars believe he was a Zealot—a member of a religious faction that was ready, if necessary, to physically fight for Israel’s freedom from Roman rule.

However, Jesus’ plan for Peter’s life did not include overthrowing governments. It consisted of overthrowing hearts for the glory of God. It took Peter years to grasp that principle. After Jesus’ death, he desperately tried to regain control by returning to his fishing boat and nets, but everything felt empty without Jesus. God did not allow Peter to fall back into his old way of life.

Jesus came to him and reminded him that he was Peter, the rock! With his heart and life—and with others who had similar hearts and lives—Jesus would establish His church on earth.

God has a plan for your life. It may be different from the one you envision. The key to great blessing is being willing to adjust your plan to God’s will.

Father, Your plan may be different from the one I envision. Help me bring my plans into conformity with Your will.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 305). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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