Christian Devotionals

"The Plan is Underway and Right on Schedule"

Just this week alone, the news has been so overwhelming with stories going from bad to worse. It’s enough to make you cry out loud, “Lord, what’s this world coming to?” We’ve got not one, but two separate snipers who are shooting at cars as they drive along the same Virginia Interstate. We’ve got the war in Iraq escalating out of control on several fronts: Shiite militias breaking a ceasefire and going on a rampage in Basra while Turkish forces initiate a bombing campaign on Kurdish positions in northern Iraq. We also see news stories about extreme fighting involving children. That’s right, as if two adult males squaring off like gladiators in a cage wasn’t bad enough, now little boys as young as six are following suit. And that’s only a handful of the horrible stories hitting the newswire. Yet in a world that seems to be escalating out of control on all fronts, it’s comforting to know that God has a Master Plan and it’s being executed with perfect precision. Take comfort in knowing that the sovereign Lord of all the universe and His Plan will prevail over all lesser worldly and evil plans. His Plan is no mystery, it’s spelled out from cover to cover in the Bible and we know how it ends.

But don't take my word for it, this is what the Bible has to say:
"His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 1:5 (New Living Translation)

That’s the big picture, that’s the Master Plan. Through faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice at Calvary, we go from being enemies of God to children of God. We exchange judgment and eternal punishment for redemption and eternal reward. We need to keep the big picture in mind as we go through daily life on this troubled and doomed planet. That’s right, this world is doomed. Here is what God said through the prophet Isaiah on the subject:
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
Isaiah 51:6 (New International Version)

No I’m not trying to be one those “End of the world” fanatics attempting to scare everyone into God’s Kingdom. That’s never worked and it’s not my style (but for the record, the world’s days are numbered as told to us throughout the Bible). I am here to tell you, however, that you don’t have to worry about God’s future wrath and all the pending destruction if Jesus Christ is your Savior. And as a child of God, He has a special plan for your life and a special role for you to play in His Master Plan. You may not be called to lead God’s chosen people to the Promised Land like Moses or share the Gospel throughout the Gentile world like Paul, but God does have a role for you to play. These roles do vary in responsibility and scope, but all of them are important. So we need to ask ourselves, are we pursuing our own little plans or are we listening for God’s voice and readying ourselves for our important role in His Master Plan? Please pray about this. I for one will not accept anything other than God’s perfect plan.

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