Here is the devotional:
God had all His plans in place when He created us. He knew exactly how much everything was going to cost, knew exactly what His ultimate goal was, and knew how everything was going to turn out.
So what is God’s plan? Theologian J. I. Packer, in talking about the overarching narrative of the Bible, said, “Its main theme is not human salvation, but the work of God vindicating his purposes and glorifying himself in a sinful and disordered cosmos. He does this by establishing his kingdom and exalting his Son, by creating a people to worship and serve him, and ultimately by dismantling and reassembling this order of things, thereby rooting sin out of his world.” That’s a mouthful so let’s break it down.
First, the main focus of God’s plan is God, not us. If we aren’t careful, we think that everything is about us, when it is actually about God. The Bible is a story about God expressing who He is throughout human history. He is the lead actor, and the rest of us are role players.
Second, God’s plan is to develop people who will serve and worship Him for His glory. God’s plan is not to glorify us but to glorify Himself. That’s why the Westminster Shorter Catechism is spot-on when after asking, “What is the chief end of man?” it answers, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
Third, God’s plan is to completely dismantle our way of looking at reality and reassemble it. This is why Jesus often said, “You have heard that it was said … but I say …” (Matt. 5:27-28 ESV). He wanted to drive home just how different God’s perspective is from ours. Jesus came to turn everyone’s view of reality upside down and inside out because of how far away from reality we have gotten since the fall of man.
Finally, God’s plan is to eliminate sin from the world we live in. Obviously, we are not there yet, and we won’t get there completely until Christ returns. In the meantime, God gives us His laws, allows painful consequences to come our way when we sin, disciplines us when we keep sinning, sends the Holy Spirit to indwell and convict us, and puts us in “iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17) relationships with others.
God has a plan, and there is nothing we can do to keep Him from executing it. From God’s perspective, the issue isn’t whether He is going to execute His plan but rather whether we are going to get on board with Him. God, by showing up two thousand years ago, makes us choose which side we are on. We are either for God or against Him; there is no straddling the fence.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 KJV
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:25-34 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
They are so right in the closing sentence of this 4 day Bible Study!
You are either for God or you are against God!
There really is no middle ground here!
And Jesus did expound on what God said in the old testament laws.
Just think about adultery. Most think that adultery is the physical act of sex with someone other than your spouse.
Jesus took it further! To show us how different God looks at things.
If we so much as look at another human being with a lustful gaze or mindset we have committed adultery.
Folks doing that neck bend to get that second look…BOOM…adultery!
And for those who are ignorant to this fact…a blow job from someone other than your spouse…is…BOOM…adultery!
But, alas, I’m off topic…sorry…sort of.
But I’m really NOT off topic. God’s plan for marriage is for a man and women, both virgins, to have sex and be faithful to one another til death do they part! We sort of screwed that up with our selfishness.
But this is not the BIG plan of God’s.
He created us to walk with Him and to talk with Him just as Adam & Eve did before the devil twisted the words God spoke.
We were to worship Him! But sin…
His ultimate plan will come to fruition after Jesus’ return and the new heaven and earth are made. Perfection! No sin! No sickness! No pain!
The whole God’s plans cannot be stopped thought is a very provoking one.
Many times have I wondered why in the world would God even allow Adam & Eve to sin.
Did He know they would before He even told not to eat from that tree?
Well…yeah He did😥
He had a plan to show the world how merciful and loving He is through his son Jesus!
He has a plan to rid the world of sin. But that time has not come yet. Close but not yet.
Forgiveness is available but the no sin part must wait!
Everything is marching forward as scripture has foretold irregardless of what everyone thinks.
Everyone has accepted, for the most part the LBG community and it’s sinful lifestyle and yet scripture forewarned us where men and women both would be having unnatural affections to one another in Romans 1:26 & 27.
This is a step towards God’s ultimate plan coming to fruition.
Trump’s recognizing Jerusalem as the capital was Biblical and could have been the only reason God allowed Him into office. To issue in another piece of His Plan.
We can’t stop God’s ultimate plan. It’s coming! Are you ready? Are you prepared to meet the Creator of all things?
Are you ready for the last curtain call of well done they good and faithful servant or depart from me?
Someone more biblical than I could do this one so much better. But this is what jumped out of my mind onto the page.