Wednesday, June 18, 2014

God's Unfolding Plan

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 16:1-11
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:1,3,9 NLT)
A future date to remember. A savings goal. A vacation trip planner. A reservation confirmation. A sightseeing guide. An island paradise brochure. An anniversary celebration. A backpacking adventure.
     What similarities can you detect in all these fragment statements? Answer: They all represent the need for a plan. Everyone needs to develop a plan. Without a detailed set of plans construction of a building would prove to be a nightmare. A plan keeps everything on track and assures completion of the project.
     In order for a business to function successfully and grow it needs to develop short and long range goals. Such things as management, work force, inventory, cash flow, product creativity, and the ebb and flow of the marketplace have to be taken into consideration. Plans for future expansion must be developed. The need for a larger work force and future product development are a must. Most businesses will not survive without careful planning.
     Planning is vital in Christian service to a community. Churches develop annual budgets based upon past performances and projected future growth. The need for additional parking or people space must be taken into consideration. New program needs or expansion of present outreach needs to be addressed. As needs in the community change so must the plans of the church to meet those needs. A well thought out five or ten year plan is vital for a churches success.
     God is a super planner. In eternity past the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) got together and formulated a plan of redemption knowing that mankind would fall into sin and need to be rescued from its consequences. The plan was put into operation when God sent his beloved son to earth as a virgin born baby in a manger. As his plan unfolded, Jesus performed many signs and wonders to validate his claim as Son of God. Finally, when his “time had come,” Jesus willingly gave up his life on the cross to complete the redemptive process. This process was sealed when three days later Jesus arose from the grave triumphant over death.
     You and I are the recipients of God’s Unfolding Plan through faith in the redemptive work of his Son, Jesus Christ. Can I get a “witness?”
Prayer: Dear Lord, how I praise and thank you for the plan of redemption provided through your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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