Do not fear the winds of tomorrow, for He who follows My voice will doubt not his path. My way is not safe, but is not unknown. I bring you to still waters, but first the travel. Terrain of pits and rocks lie between, still, no fear should overtake you, for I know the way. Even amidst trial comes growth, reliance and true life. The lamb that strays and decides its own way, it is he who travels in peril. My voice guides. My Spirit gives direction to the blind, and strength to the weak to follow. Where is your faith? Do you not call me Lord, and yet in fear you do not follow? I am the Good Shepherd, but you do not trust My way? Draw closer, that you would not be hindered as you travel. I retrieve the lost, but in this there is a waste of what would be made great. Your own counsel is far less. Heed My voice. Do not fight your righteous call. The way of sin is waste and death to those who love its pleasure. I lead you to a place you do not know. Turn away from the snare, and follow. My Spirit calls that you would follow and bring glory in the following. Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
John 10:2-4 (ESV) – But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Bottom Line: Planning is important, but a plan made without the counsel of God’s Spirit, is likely a plan for some degree of disaster. He may pull us out of it, or make it work out in the end, but could it have been better? We call ourselves followers of Christ, but how often, especially in our career and business plans, do we actually ask for His counsel? Are we asking for His plans, or just asking Him to bless ours? The results will be much different. The good news is that we can start fresh today. Do you trust Him and have faith enough to change course? He is our Good Shepherd.