For the last few days, I have been in a conference looking at Community Development.  One important aspect of CD is planning.

One of the things that I have loved about serving cross-culturally is how I have been stretched in this area.  Sometimes in the past, I haven’t been the best at planning.

This morning I was reading from Number 13-14.  One of the things that struck me was that God had a plan for the Israelites. His plan was the best plan for the people He loved.  Yet, as they saw the land He had promised them, they saw giants in the way, and they refused to go.

So, they refused to accept the plan God had for them, even though it was best.

The men who were sent to the land reported to the people, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However…”  That “however” caused the Israelites to not follow the plan God had for them and they spent the next 40 years in the wilderness.

Joshua and Caleb saw the situation differently than the others.  They said, “The land, which we passed to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.  If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.  Only do not rebel against the Lord.”

They understood the plan God had for them.  They were ready to support the plan and move forward.  They were confident in the decision.

How often have I refused the best from God?  How many times have I traveled a different road because of fear?  How many times have I missed God’s best because I was hard-headed.

I know that God has a plan for me and I need to be ready to listen, obey and follow His direction.  Then, and only then, will I experience the best that God has planned for me.