December 26, 2023

God’s Plan

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”—Matthew 5:17

For 53-year-old Anton Bruckner, it was a critical moment. He stood before the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct the premiere of his Third Symphony. After years of rejection, this was his opportunity to hear his music played by a world-class orchestra.

But soon after the opening notes, the audience began streaming for the exits. When the symphony ended, only a few people remained. Instead of being a triumph, this was a crushing defeat. Overwhelmed, Bruckner stood on the podium, tears streaming down his cheeks.

Following this, many colleagues urged him to stop writing symphonies. After all, no one understood them. But Bruckner, a devout Christian, felt this would be a compromise. He knew someday God would call him and ask, “Where is the talent that I have given you?”

He felt he had to obey God. Eventually, Bruckner would be acclaimed as a master. But this would have been impossible without his commitment.

Every day, you make many decisions. What should you do with your time? Your resources? Study the example left by Jesus—an example of obedience and faithfulness. He was always sensitive to the leading of the Father (John 8:29) and always faithful.

Think about the decisions you will make today. Make sure you follow God’s leading and avoid the path of compromise. Surrender your life anew to Him. Seek to be faithful to fulfill the goals He gives you.

Reflection Question: How well are you stewarding the resources and talents God’s given you?

Prayer
Father, I commit my life to serving You. Help me make the right decisions. Help me to be faithful and a good steward. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 5

Prayer
Father, I commit my life to serving You. Help me make the right decisions. Help me to be faithful and a good steward. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 5