Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Out of Control
So often we hear the phrase "out of control" and it has such a negative connotation associated with it. Well below the author has a different take on the phrase and one that holds great Promise and Peace if we can just get to that critical point of Trusting and Believing!
Enjoy and Stay Strong!!
The Master Plan
The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
–1 SAMUEL 2:6–7
This is just one of many places where the Bible affirms that it is God alone who is in charge of history—the world's and ours.
Job, for example, says, "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted" (Job 42:2).
The biblical writers were all on the same page when it came to believing that God is in control of all things and that nothing can happen that he doesn't first review and allow.
He's never in the position of wringing his hands in confusion; he's never surprised at what occurs on earth; he's never wondering what to do next.
Beware of any view of God that sees him as only the reactor to what people do, rather than the principal actor on the stage.
Whether life or death, success or failure, rising or falling of individuals or nations, everything is in his hands.
He takes everything into account, to the last detail, before it happens.
The rampant idea today that the Devil makes the bad things happen and God makes the good things happen is extremely bad theology.
What kind of God would that be?
It would make God and Satan approximate equals, each one in charge of a part of the world.
No, this isn't remotely what the Bible teaches about God.
God and God alone is the one who has a master plan for the ages, and he intends to stick with his plan regardless of whether we cooperate with him or not.
He allows us to exercise our wills, to serve him or oppose him, to love him or hate him, but in the end it will come out just the way he intends it to come out.
Of course, all this is not good news to those who have plans to do things their way in disregard of God's will, but it's very good news if we want to serve and obey him.
It means that whatever anyone wants to do against God or to harm us will be in vain.
Even if it appears to be successful for a season, in the end it will be for nothing.
No evil will triumph.
But everyone who serves God faithfully and joyfully can know that God's ultimate plan of the ages will be the last one standing.
We can move through this life without despair because we can refer all things to God, knowing not only that he is in total charge of everything but also that his will is good and that it's steeply tilted in our direction!
During this period of prayerful waiting, bring to God your entire view of life and ask him to reshape it according to his eternal plan. Then repeatedly lift up your need to the heavenly Father in the light of his good purpose that cannot ever fail.
From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder