Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

The Plan Came First

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).

Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God.

Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, friend. You are no accident! You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. God did not “accidentally” create us and then step back in alarm and say, “Oops! I created her. Now what am I going to do with her?” The plan came first.

There have been many times in my life when I doubted my worth and value. I filled every waking moment with activity – good things – thinking that if I did enough good things, I would be good enough. It didn’t work.

I can never be good enough to earn the love and favor of God. The good news is that I don’t have to be! My worth and value rest in the fact that I am chosen by God to be His very own child. I am loved, wanted, and planned by God Himself. Wow! God Himself supervised our formation. We were created – not to be a puppet – but for an intimate relationship with God.

I praise You because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What You have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, You saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old” (Psalm 139:14-16, NCV).

When you begin to understand and live out the eternal truth that you are loved, planned, wanted, and chosen by God, His perfect plan and highest purpose will naturally unfold before you. Don’t settle for anything less!

Father, I want to know You and find Your plan for my life. I choose to see myself through Your eyes of love, forgiveness and grace. I want to be the woman You created me to be. Thank You for loving me. Help me walk each day in the knowledge that I am Your chosen child.

Turning Tests into Testimonies

“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” (Luke 21:13)

The process of dealing with unmerited suffering: don’t spend too much time trying to understand the reason for suffering – focus rather on how you can deal with it. Notice, Jesus spent very little time trying to explain human suffering, much less explain it away. Had He undertaken to explain it, then His gospel would have become a philosophy – in which case it would not have been a gospel. A philosophy undertakes to explain everything, and then leaves everything as it was. Jesus undertook to explain little, but He changed everything He touched. He did not come to bring a philosophy, but a fact.

What was that fact? The fact was His own method of meeting suffering and transforming it into something higher. Out of this fact, we put together our philosophy – a system of principles and procedures by which we live out our life in this world. Notice that fact comes first, and then the philosophy about the fact. The good news is not merely “good news”; it is the fact of sin and suffering being met and overcome, and a way of life blazed out through them.

The other step is this: remind yourself that in God’s universe, He allows only what He can use. In the passage before us today, Jesus gives the nine sources from which suffering comes upon us: false Christs, wars and conflicts in society, calamities in nature, and so on. Then He says this: “It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” In other words, you are not to escape trouble, nor merely bear it as the will of God – you are to use it.

Blessed Lord Jesus, You who used Your suffering to beautify everything You did, teach me the art of turning every test into a testimony and every tragedy into a triumph. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen