Wednesday, 18 December 2013

God Has a Plan for Your Life

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)

If you asked me if the Bible, in its original form, was God’s inerrant Word I would say, without hesitation. “absolutely”.  If you asked me whether or not I believed that God would never go back on His promise, I would answer “most assuredly.”  I would be just as quick to acknowledge that He was all knowing, all powerful and the epitome of love.

Having acknowledged the most basic facts that most evangelical, born again Christians would acknowledge I’m forced to go back to the top of this blog and read Jeremiah 29:11.  Do I act one hundred percent of the time as though God has a plan for my life that is born out of His love for me?  Is my behavior consistent with my intellectual assent that He is all powerful, all knowing and that He would never go back on a promise that He has made?

The answer to both questions would be “no”.

How about you?  What do you believe to be true about God AND are you living your life in accordance with what you claim to believe?

And by the way, where does free will enter the picture?  God’s plan for my life is most likely perfect but the same cannot be said for choices I make.  God has that covered, that’s where Romans 8:28 enters the picture.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.”

To connect all this rhetoric to marriage, I can say that over the years I have had numerous partners say, “I never should have married him/her” or “I married the wrong man/woman” 

Because God puts a premium on our free will it is possible that the person you married would not have been God’s choice for you?  However the moment you said “I do” in God’s eyes you are, you are married to the person that God desired that you be married to until death do you part.

In such cases God puts Romans 8:28 into play.  He will use the person that you have chosen to shape you and mold you into the person that He wanted you to be, granted it might be more painful than if you had married His choice for your life.

So the question should never be did I marry the wrong person but am I letting God use this marriage to make me into the person He wants me to be?  Or am I constantly fighting against his plan for my life?

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