Day 30 - Effectiveness

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR GOVERNMENT?

Proverbs 16:9 – “People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps.”

James 5:16 – “…confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

Recently, I helped co-lead an overnight retreat for our congregation’s worship team. For a few months I prepared for the retreat which would be focused on “Hearing the Lord’s Voice.” As the trip approached, I was feeling particularly good about all the planning and the details which would usher in a successful experience for my team.

The first night, everything was going according to plan. We settled into our rooms, we ate, we had our first session, people were hearing from the Lord; all good stuff. Then, as you do at camp, we played a game outside in the dark. That’s when the unforeseen happened – I tore a ligament in my ankle during the game! My thoughts were, “Is this it? Is the retreat going to be cancelled? Will people now not be led in hearing from the Lord?” How does that line go? “Oh, ye of little faith.”

In fact, my injury seemed to spur people on to a deeper desire to hear from the Lord. Not only did they pray deeply for me, but they also sought the Lord for themselves and each other in a way I had not experienced before with this group. It was not the plan, it was powerful.

A part of effectiveness is in planning and preparation, but that alone won’t make us successful. Success comes by being faithful to the one who produces lasting fruit. In the same way individuals plan and faithfully trust the outcomes to God, may also our government be full of humble people who trust the outcomes of their planning to our Living God. Through faithfulness God will act and transform people; and transformation is what is truly effective because it is eternal.

REFLECTION:

  1. Who, in our city, is making plans and exerting effort to make it a better place? Let’s lift them in prayer.

  2. Is there a place we have been building, and planning and preparing for which we have not submitted to God?

  3. How can we encourage those things we have collectively invested in, namely government efforts, to be effective and fruitful? What areas need healing (James 5:6)?

Raoul Perez North City (Seattle), WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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