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Forward Thinking: Part Two
The Lion who is the Lamb
Who could have foreseen Jesus?
Who could have foreseen our salvation as God had decreed it? We (as in mankind) didn’t. We had glimpses, but no ‘one’ could see the greatness of His mercy in what God was ultimately planning. Even up to the last moment we could not see it and were lamenting the death and dying of Jesus and what we thought were all the good and righteous plans we had. We were too limited in our thinking to know that this was right on track and that this atrocious event at the cross was the plan! This was not a setback! But the glorious working out of our freedom and forgiveness.
In addition, God’s hand in the life if His people did not end there!
God did not say, “Good, I’m finished.” And go to bed!
God is still working out into completion a plan that is so over our heads because of our limited ability to see and think in our humanness that we cannot comprehend it. In our (man’s) arrogance we “think” we know, but we do not. God’s plans and thoughts are so above us, so much more than what we can think or conceive. And…it does not begin and with us.
There are those behind us who hoped and walked on in quiet faithfulness and there will be those in front of us who will carry on their part in the completion of God’s plan. What is our part? Faithfulness, to walk on in quietness and hope, just knowing that God is sovereign God and that there is a greater plan to which we are not privy.
We question not when managers above us in the work place have plans and thinking that they can’t and mustn’t always share with the people they are responsible for below the. Those managers implement strategies and ideas that work towards the “big” plan and the people in the front lines don’t always know what the “big” picture looks like. They just do and complete their part of the plan, focusing only on that. The “big” plan would be too distracting and quite possibly be beyond their ability to comprehend. But they trust their superiors that this is all going somewhere.
Well, if we can do this with human superiors, can we not do this with God? For who is He but God! God almighty who see and reigns over all things. All things. Good and bad…“both calamities and good things to come.”
There is a faithfulness to work through; complete the part that God has decreed we do. Work it through in quietness and hope. Not trudging through in weary hopelessness as if fighting for a lost cause. But in victorious hopefulness as through all seeming setbacks, and hardships we know, we know! God has a plan and that He is Sovereign!
Our New Jerusalm
Our Sovereign God
We know that God our sovereign God has worked out every detail and all is not lost. Never has been, never will be. For God will always be God! And His plans and purposes are bigger and holier than our petty, selfish plans and ambitions. In addition, we are counted into His plan. We have a privilege of being a part of God’s bigger ultimate plan for all.
In the end when we stand in the New Jerusalem, we will see and realize, “Oh! This is what it was all about.” And even then…we may not be able to comprehend all that God is doing and thinking as only He God can contain all that is in His heart and mind.
But we must know that right now, at this time, He, God, our God and Father has purposed us, purposed myself, my husband, purposed my children and their children for a reason. And we need but be faithful to walk through in quiet purposed faithfulness and hope in God. It is not about working at out respective places of employment or living in our respect countries, towns or cities. It is not about “our” happiness and comfort alone, but it is about walking the path God has decreed in hopeful faithful quietness. Walking through whatever comes with continued and same hope and faithfulness. Rain, snow or sunshine, keep walking with the same hope, with the same faithfulness, with the same trust that God decreed it all and therefore there is a purpose.© 2010 Ulrike Grace 13 April 201