We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. -Proverbs 16:9
Some of the best advice I have received in my walk with God deals with punctuation:
1.) Never Put Periods where God Puts Commas – The older I get, the wiser I realize this advice is. A mentor once told me to never say, “I am going to do this (you name it) with my life” especially in your teens and twenties. It limits what God can do in your life. I have found that in following God, every plan I have had for my life has turned out differently than I thought it would, but it always turned out better than I thought it would.
In James 4:13-15 it says to not say that tomorrow we will do this or that, but to say if the Lord wills, then I will do this and that.
That is how we should live our lives.
Takeaway: Be open for God to use you in any way He wants to. Don’t limit what He wants to, can do, and will do in your life. Hear from God. He will direct your steps. Trust Him and don’t lean to your own understanding! Perry Noble often says, “Leadership is as easy as listening to God.” If we will take time to hear from Him, He’ll direct our steps, tell us what to do, where to go, who to hook up with, etc.
Don’t Put Periods where God puts Commas!
2.) Never Put Question Marks where God Puts Periods – Joel Osteen shared this a few weeks ago when he was in town. It was powerful. What does it mean? Don’t try to figure out everything in your head.
The best example of this is losing a loved one and not knowing why they had to go. I could spend the rest of my life questioning God about why my mom passed away, but that would not do me any good. The best I can do is say, “I don’t know why this happened, but God put a period there for some reason. Perhaps one day I’ll find out why, but even if I don’t, I am going to trust God anyway.”
Maybe you lost your job, lost a loved one, or had someone treat you poorly and you don’t understand why God would let that happen. Don’t let that steal your joy, your relationship with God, or one minute of your life. If God put a period there, let it go, and trust Him that He will cause something good to come from your loss. He always does!
Never Put Question Marks where God Puts Periods!