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keep calm - god has a plan

By Carolina Yuen
June 6, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Kings 1:1-53
Acts 4:1-37
Psalm 124:1-8
Proverbs 16:24

Being the youngest of six children has its benefits, but the most important for me has been to see life sometimes before I lived it. I’ve seen my brothers and sisters experience success as well as trip themselves up with a bad decision here and there. Through both, I’ve seen God’s faithfulness and witnessed that His plan always results in the best plan.

Through today’s scripture, we start with King David in his older years and unable to take care of himself. His son, Adonijah, a true opportunist, takes advantage of his dad’s frailty and decides it’s time to cherry pick the religious and diplomatic leaders, perform the necessary rituals to live out his plan to become king, but forgot one main requirement – he was not in God’s plan. Even though Solomon’s path to be the next king started amidst some turmoil, and trouble followed David because of his sin, God’s promise to David prevailed.

Sometimes we are following God’s path and yet on the surface, our difficulties cause us to question where is God? Why are we allowed to suffer? Peter and John found themselves in jail for doing good deeds -- praying for the sick and sharing the gospel. Even when their jailors wanted them to be silent and keep quiet, they understood they were in this predicament for a reason and took the opportunity to share the greatness of their God with those that were in their path. God used their boldness to spread his goodness to thousands. Can we look past our hardship and see how God can use it to teach us or others around us a lesson of his promises?

The church body was able to see God’s faithfulness through Peter and John’s testimony. They prayed and acknowledged the sovereignty of God, asking to be emboldened to tell the story of Jesus and perform miracles through the name of Christ as Peter and John did. By praying these prayers, they were able to not only powerfully share the gospel, but also to come together in unity. They saw a bigger plan and therefore were empowered to bring their possessions together to share amongst the group. This truly put their faith in action and resulted that there were no needy persons among them. Through the whole COVID experience we’re seeing the body of Christ come together to help each other and the local community in need with food, monetary support, mental and spiritual encouragement. And recently with awful deaths experienced by the black community, we are seeing the church body rise to not only pray, but to stand side by side to listen and share the burden, and act towards solutions hopefully of peace and equity.

Today’s scripture also reminds us that there is danger around us either from people or through nature. But we are reminded that the Lord is on our side, and as the maker of heaven and earth, we can have the confidence that He has a plan.

I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness time and time again as a parent, as a spouse, through work and as a friend. Now this in no way means I haven’t experienced hardship or have lived a perfect life, but for sure it has helped me go day by day with my eyes wide open that when I truly surrender and acknowledge Christ, I can be confident that the path he leads me on is always better through to the other side.

To memorize:

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

— Psalm 124:8

Prayer to start with:Lord, help us to remember that amidst all that is around us, you are sovereign. Regardless of how we may intend to make our way, and many times mess up our situations, you still love us and intend a steady path for us. May we experience you in such a real way that we will be emboldened to share your good news. May we reach out to you, surrender ourselves and align our hearts, thoughts and plans to yours.