When God's Got A Different Plan


So Daniel told Belshazzar the bad news about the writing on the wall, that his life and kingdom were coming to an end, and here's what happens immediately following this revelation.

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. — Daniel 5:29-31

We don't get a lot of detail here about how Belshazzar responds to this prediction other than he gives Daniel what he promised. And I wonder if Daniel is rolling his eyes while this is happening. If he's not thinking to himself, "Were you not listening to what I just said. None of this stuff matters right now!" The Persians are encamped outside, and they are about to invade and kill you.

Fellas, there are too many men in our world today who trust in things that give them a false sense of security. They trust in their provision, profession, and possessions and make plans around all these things. But what they don't plan for is the God who has another plan. And his plan takes precedence over all of our plans. So don't make plans for days you don't have. God had a plan for Babylon, and it just came to an end.

So is it time to rethink some of the plans you've been making? If so, the lesson we learn here is to adjust your plan to God's plan. It's the best plan in the end.

ASK THIS: What one plan do you need to adjust?

DO THIS: Do it today. You might not have tomorrow.

PRAY THIS: God, may everything I do align with you.

PLAY THIS: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.


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8 thoughts on “When God’s Got A Different Plan

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I try to keep my plans as fluid as possible so that I can be interrupted by God and not be upset by any interruptions. Until something is confirmed and on my calendar, I am more than ready and willing to drop or change those plans. The trouble is when a SET thing changes and now I have to rearrange for the interruption, these are the times that I often fail to change and become rigid. God please help me be flexible at ALL times with my plans because Your plans are best, and help me to be comforting and compromising to my wife more when these interruptions affect her plans more than mine. Amen.

  2. Mac says:

    So difficult, as we use God’s gifts to us, to do supposedly His work. But fail to deviate from our plans, our way of thinking, our rituals etc. perhaps this come from truly believing our gifts are not from God, rather ourselves.

  3. Trent says:

    Yahweh Yireh. I have been learning so much about what God’s names mean. Like not a definition but what they mean to, for, and in our life. I am trying to learn to place all my plans aside and let God provide (Yahweh Yireh) direction and provision for each day. While still taking enough oil for my lamp, obviously we cannot be reckless about it if you see what I mean. Good stuff. God’s word it’s all in there.

    • Chris Caliguire says:

      It’s cool investigations, right?! How His name is SO Holyb that the early Jews were afraid to utter it. I believe it started as 2 Hebrew letters and then found it to be 4? I may be mistaken, it may have always been 4. The English word God is taken so loosely that I’ve lately been praying to Jesus of Nazeretg and Yahweh. Not like he won’t hear my prayers otherwise, but just to stress that I’m thinking and fearing him as directly as I can. Show Him my mind is focused on respecting Him the best I know how. Just thought I’d share “my thing”. God bless your day! (Yah) haha

  4. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Thanks Pastor Vince! So relevant for today and now. It’s time for men to get off the fence and be found faithful to our Savior and Master! I have been on a journey to know THE Father’s business for my life and to be solely about that business. 🙏🙏 for you!

  5. Cory D says:

    Good lesson here Vince. Am I paying too much attention to things that really don’t matter?

  6. Sam Schoeppner says:

    I have been listening to your devotionals since part way through Proverbs, first time commenting. I look forward to your devotional every morning. I love the practical application you give in your comments. Thank you and have a blessed day.

    • Trent says:

      The devotionals can give me quite a bit of food for thought and energy for my day. And reading the comments, engaging other commentors, and praying for their needs can as well. Good to see you comment and I pray you continue to be blessed by Vince’s sharing of the word.

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