“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
‘Such a time as this.’ Did you read my last post? I am still pondering the depths of it. God put me where I would have the best odds of fulfilling his plan for my life.
God made me the way that would help me fulfill the plans he has for my life. And he does have a plan. I do not want to engage in a theological debate about “predestination vs free-will” but I will say that one does not negate the other. Both are true. In my personal experience God’s calling, this predestination, is more powerful than my free will. Also in my experience this predestination is love, mercy and grace – I would be foolish to not submit to it. Especially since I was created for this very thing! In my last post I showed you a few verses about us being made, with purpose for a plan God has; now below pay careful attention to verse 4, 5, 9, 11, and all of them!
Ephesians 1 KJV
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
God is good! I don’t know what His plan for me is specifically. I just try to live day to day and be obedient (especially during this strange pandemic time). It is not easy to sit home, minimize social contact – or worse if you are essential, it isn’t easy running headlong out into the risk.
During these times I cling to:
“5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Right now, while we are going through this world crisis, we don’t have plans, yet God still has a plan for us and we are purposed to be here, now, going through this.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV
First, knowing you are a child of God and made for such a time as this, we should be praying boldly with confidence (His grace will cover if we err). Second, know that we have enough mercy and grace from God himself to get through this time of need.
Spend some time considering how important you are to God – that he would make a plan for you:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
He created you and all he wants is a relationship with you and to help you live your best life. Trust in him. He has you!
I pray for you: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation and healthcare supplies ~ pray Psalm 91