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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jul
12

Measure Twice

Wayne Cordeiro

Scripture
"The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, "Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand" (Isaiah 14)
Observation
Sooner better than later ... we need to realize that God will always have the last word. We think we do, and we might even think that we can change His mind. But in the end, whatever He says, goes. No "if's", "ands" or "buts." That's the bottom line; the final analysis; roll the credits.

The Scripture confirms this in Matthew 15:13. Jesus said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted."

Any questions?

So I figure this ... in order to save time, the best thing for me would be to find out what God would like, and then do exactly as He says. I think it would be better to take more time in discerning His will so I am sure that I am following His plans and not some pie in-the-sky pipe dream that I conjured up, and now I am trying to convince myself (and others) that it was from "God."

The best recipe would be to take a few more minutes in seeking His face, discovering His heart, then following through exactly as He desires.

It's like the old carpenter's adage: "Measure twice, cut once." But for some reason, we want to go to the cut far too soon. We measure in a rush and we end up with piles of odd sized pieces and stacked in the corner somewhere, often only to be thrown away in a spring-cleaning frenzy.

Then several piles later, we either learn or we become overly cautious and we become people who measure and measure. We never cut, but boy, can we measure! We measure others, we measure churches, and we even measure ourselves (with a different tape of course.)
Application
So the lesson?

I will take time to hear God's intention for my life and family, for my ministry and future. Then I will write it down ... twice! Next, I start to cut. Nothing is built if nothing is cut, but nothing will last if it is not according to the Master Architect's blueprints.

God's Word is His blueprint. I will learn to discern His voice and follow His schematic. I will measure twice and cut once. In doing so, I know that together, we can build a great future according to His plans. Jeremiah told me that long ago, and I have never forgotten it:

"I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Not plans for your calamity, but for your welfare, so that you may have a future and a hope!" (Jer. 29:11).
Prayer
Dear Father:

I have written the plans down I felt You have given to me. I have also prioritized them as best I can; but still the "dailyness" of carrying it all out often eludes me. I am a slow learning novice, but I will continue to watch Your hand.

I acknowledge You today as the Master Architect of my life. I don't want to end up with a pile of hastily cut pieces of lost potential, slices of a compromised future, and sections of "could-have-beens" tossed in a pile.

It seems that too many of us build futures out of odds-and-ends because of hasty cuts earlier on. Teach me to measure twice and cut once, and if I err, thank you in advance for redeeming the mismatched left-over's I have placed in Your hands.

And from these odds-and-ends, please build Your house in me. And I promise to cooperate with you as you build in me a cathedral. And by the way, build one that has an inner chamber

... fit only for a King.

Devotions for July 12

Isaiah 11,12,13,14
Hebrews 9

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