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There Is a Master Plan

A valid plan provides a sense of comfort and trust. If you are a leader, the ability to truthfully say to others, “I know what’s going on. We’re still following the plan,” helps others believe in you. If you can go a step further and point out how the plan is working, then the trust grows even more. On the other hand, while there may be some excitement and an adrenaline rush from “figuring it out as we go along,” it’s more stressful and little things can cause a breakdown much sooner than if there’s a reasonable plan.

God understands this about us. We have to be flexible enough to handle changes in expectations. However, those changes are easier to handle when we know that we’re still following “the plan.” When I speak of plan here, I mean the plan that fits with God’s sovereign will. Knowing God has a plan, that He’s totally in control of that plan, and that we are a part of that plan can give us a sense of purpose, an understanding that our lives have meaning, and a realization that we exist for more than our short time here on this planet.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. – Ephesians 1:7-10, ESV

Everything I described with respect to a valid plan is true of God. Paul reminds us that there is a plan for the “fullness of time” that will unite all things in Christ Jesus. We have evidence that the plan is working because we have been redeemed, we have been forgiven, and we have had His grace lavished upon us. Also, we can remember that the Holy Spirit provides us insight and wisdom to glimpse a bit at this overall master plan from time-to-time.

In the craziness of the day-to-day it is easy to lose sight that God’s sovereign will has prevailed, is prevailing, and will continue to prevail. When tragedy or loss hits us, it’s natural to lose sight of the fact that everything is still ultimately under His control. The plan isn’t broken, just our vision. When that happens, we can regain our confidence because we are warned that these types of craziness and the events that cause us such pain are to be expected. God has taken them into account and He will succeed in the face of them. Scripture tells us this and reinforces that God does deliver with the examples of those whose lives are recorded therein putting their faith into action.

Be encouraged, for there is a master plan. For those who have believed, we are redeemed and forgiven. We can obtain glimpses of the master plan to reassure us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We can receive and acknowledge His love and grace. Finally, we can take comfort because we know how the master plan will conclude. He has revealed that to us in the Scriptures. Look past the craziness, the unfairness of the world, and whatever personal pains you are currently suffering through. Look past to gaze upon God and His plan that will come to pass in the fullness of time. He will not fail.


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A Creation that Testifies to His Majesty

Today I’m going to quote much of the Creation process given in Genesis 1. Even if you’ve read it before more times than you can count, take some time to read over it again. It will be worth it.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
– Genesis 1:6-25, ESV

The first thing to notice is the systematic plan that is in place. The creation account that is given isn’t helter skelter with God creating a bit of this and a bit of that and then going back and forth over and over again. We know from the rest of Scripture that this is consistent with who He is. This is the same God who speaks of the plans He has for us. This is the same God who promises that He eventually works all things for good for those who believe in Him and are called by Him. Life may be unpredictable in our eyes, but it isn’t in His. And just as He had a plan for Creation, He has a plan for each one of us. While He is executing that plan in our lives, we serve Him here. When the plan is done, He calls us home. Even if your life seems like complete chaos right now, remember that it isn’t. Your Lord and your God sees it clearly and His plan will bring you through the current crisis period so long as you put your trust in Him.

The second thing to notice is how things are related. Compare day 1 to day 4, day 2 to day 5, and day 3 to day 6. We see structure in His plan. We see consistency. We see pattern. Change is stressful for us; lack of consistency wears on us. Yes, sometimes it is good to change, but eventually we need to get back to some sort of normalcy (and not the sort that says, “We’re consistently in a state of change.”). We see the first evidence of that in God’s plan for His creation. He provides pattern and normalcy to our lives. Life may go through many changes, but He will not change. He is our Rock in the strongest and most beautiful sense of the word. We can choose to build our lives upon Him and find that we will be unmoved by whatever life has to throw at us. That is because He provides the platform that is safe, consistent, and more than strong enough to weather any storm.

Finally, if you know the timeline science has proposed for the order of events for Earth’s creation and the process of life, consider the fact that this timeline generally agrees with it, especially if you are talking about someone who is placed on the Earth as an observer to the process. This is resoundingly true when you consider that the word we translate into English as “bird” here in Genesis 1 would more literally be translated “flyer” and would encompass insects as well. Yes, there are individual exceptions. Yes, if we want to nitpick we can find them fairly easily. But consider an Almighty God revealing the Creation process to a mere man. Or better yet, consider how things are written in Introduction to Biology texts. Events are generalized so folks get the “big picture” and upon further study learn the exceptions as they choose to dive deeper. Therefore, putting aside debates about length of time, consider that what we have discovered with the world and universe around us are consistent with what we find in Genesis 1. The Creation agrees with the Word, as we would expect it to do so.

The Creation event in Genesis 1 can give us hope in the most dire times of life. It reminds us that God is in control, that He has built a pattern and a plan into our lives, and that through His Word we can learn more about this God and Creator who sacrificed His own Son for the remission of our sins and reconciliation with Himself. Chaos does not reign. Life is not out of control. Rather, everything is ordered and in God’s all-powerful hand. We can trust Him and put our faith in Him to bring us through it all.

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