4 Things to Remember When You Have a Change in Plans– John 4:4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  John 3:1-4:45; Luke 3:19-20

I am the type of person who has to have a “have to” to get anything done.  Deadlines, goals, calendars, and checklists are what move me forward.

I have always wanted to be one of those people, who spontaneously move through life and have a ball doing it, but it’s not the way God made me, so I’ll just live vicariously through those “fun” people and stick with my planning.

However, there are times when I’ve made my plans and “life” changes them.  The more I read and understand God’s Word, the more I realize that when those changes come, many times it’s a divine appointment…

In John 4:4, Jesus had to go through Samaria on the way.

This was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but not the usual way. The other route was through Perea, east of the Jordan River.  In Jesus’ day the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans, normally took the eastern route in order to avoid Samaria.  But because He was on a divinely appointed schedule, it was necessary that Jesus go through Samaria. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary & The Bible Exposition Commentary)


Because going through Samaria would cause him to meet a woman there and lead her into saving faith, the kind of true faith that would affect an entire village.

A divinely appointed schedule…

It’s no surprise to us that Jesus had a divinely appointed schedule; after all, He was God.

What if I told you that you and I have a divinely appointed schedule as well?

When I’m having a day that seems like a complete disaster I try to remember…

1. What the Bible says about my schedule–

  • Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
  • Psalm 37:23- The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
  • Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
  • Proverbs 16:9- We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
  • Isaiah 30:21- Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
  • Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

2. To look for the Divine Appointment

Did the change happen to

  • Protect me or my loved ones
  • Share Jesus with someone
  • Teach me a spiritual truth
  • To set up an opportunity
  • To make a way for me to bless someone
  • To lighten the load of my day
  • To test my trust in God’s promises

3. To work with God not against Him in my divine appointments

  • Relax
  • Pray
  • Trust

4. That changes in other people’s schedule may be divine appointments for them

  • Giving them grace may be my part in their divine appointment
  • I can’t believe these promises for myself and not believe them in the lives of others

So, as you begin your day…

make your plans


determine your schedule

…but rest in the knowledge that the God of the universe will order your steps and get His will and purpose accomplished in your life.


We trust you Lord!


In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 3:23a; John 4:46-54; Luke 4:16-30; Mark 1:16-20; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37; Mark 1:29-34; Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 4:38-41; Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44; Matthew 4:23-25

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