At fifty-one, Dwight Eisenhower considered himself to be a failure with no future. One biographer said it this way, “He had given his life to the army. He was fifty-one years old; only the coming of war had saved him from a life of forced retirement and a life with no savings and but a small pension to live on.”
Could you imagine if General Eisenhower would have quit? What if he would have retired?
The biographer went on to say, “He had impressed every superior for whom he had worked, he had no accomplishments to his credit that he could point to with pride for his grandchildren. Had he died in 1941, at an age when most great men have their monumental assignments behind them, he would be completely unknown today.”
Little did General Eisenhower know that God had a much bigger plan for His life. That’s how God is…He is a BIG GOD. However, many people never come to that conclusion. Far too many people never see themselves as living in the plan of God.
Let me say, God, is not done with you. He wants what is best for you.
But too many today feel passed over, underappreciated, neglected, and cast aside. They don’t even know that they are operating in their own strength and living life their own way rather than God’s way.
We must come to this conclusion: We have to build a daily discipline into our lives to be ready for what God has for us and have a faith that is ready for the plan of God in our own lives.
Difficulties will come. Sin will stymie the plan. But the plan and purpose for our life are bigger than you or me.
What is God’s plan?
The Bible says, “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV)
You have a gift that,“Builds up” the church. BUT you have to use it. You and I are being prepared for works of service.
Service. That’s a word not often used today. I am here to serve. We don’t say that in the world or even in the church.
Could that be why we have difficulty seeing God’s plan? We want to move up the ladder. Be the General before God has prepared us to lead the army.
He has a plan. In His time the plan will unfold. But we have to be ready.
Eisenhower was chosen to lead the Allied forces. He developed the plan we call D-Day. The plan was named “Operation OverLord.” It was originally planned for May but had to be pushed back until June because they didn’t have enough landing crafts.
But on June 6, 1944, “Operation OverLord” became a reality.
Maybe we are not ready for the operation? Maybe you and I have some things God is still working on?
Don’t quit, or retire. His plan, your D-Day will happen. Victory is assured.
Keep Looking Up! Heaven is Closer than you think. May God bless your day.
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