Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Years ago it was one of the highlights of the summer for a family to go to the state or county fair.
Of course, very few of those local gatherings took on the importance of London's Crystal Palace Exhibition which opened in 1851.
It was the golden age of steam. On display were steam plows, steam locomotives, steam looms, steam organs, even a steam cannon. Among all these wonderful exhibits, the first-prize winner was a steam invention composed of 7,000 parts. When the machine was turned on, its pulleys, whistles, bells and gears made a lot of noise.
Unfortunately, the steam contraption didn't do a thing!
If all this commotion was a waste back then, think of what it is now. Look at our expressways --people rushing from place to place, impatient and frustrated. There are a lot of moving parts and a fair number of them are doing busy work, which is not accomplishing anything of merit, importance or lasting quality.
Noise and movement have taken the place of purpose and accomplishment.
I am thankful every day that my life has taken on -- because of Jesus -- a little bit bigger and broader scope.
Because we have a God who cares for us, a Savior who accompanies us, we have a direction. The Holy Spirit who called us to faith knows the direction we should take and the path we should walk.
It's a wonderful thing, being filled with purpose. So wonderful that we ought to be inviting others to join us and accomplish something to the glory of God.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, show us the plans You have for us and help us to stay on the path You have created. This I ask in the Savior's Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries