I chose Wayne Brady giving a thumbs up as this week’s picture because Wayne Brady is a beautiful man. But now on to more serious matters.
Usually, when we refer to God’s plan, we tend to think about only four specific points on God’s timeline:
1. When He created everything.
2. Jesus dying on the cross
3. The end times, when God will take the Earth back
4. Whatever elements of God’s plan involve ourselves.
This isn’t a bad thing and, in fact, it’s ideal. We see the beginning and end of God’s plan and we want to be a part of it. But the danger comes from approaching it like this:
“Gee, I wonder what God’s plan is going to do for me today.”
Rather than this:
“Gee, I wonder what I can do for God’s plan today.”
See the difference? And yes, I know Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Jesus Culture did a song about everything before the comma and then Newsboys blatantly ripped it off. But there are two things in the Bible that I’ve seen just now that explain what I’m talking about. The first is that the end of the verse. “ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE!” Not according to ours. Second of all, Ephesians 1:11 says “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,” and this makes it pretty obvious that He makes all things work together for HIS good.
I know what you’re thinking. Maybe this directly contradicts Romans 8:28. But actually it doesn’t. Think about it. Back in the Old Testament, when were the Israelites the happiest? When they were doing things according to God’s will. When was Paul healed of his blindness? When he agreed to walk in the will of the Lord. And above all, without the Lord’s plan to put Jesus on the cross, we’d all be dead.
So, to go along with the title of this post, I think it’s really easy to say that God’s plan is currently about my good, or that God is using His plan to keep me happy and give me everything I need. But in actuality, we need to have the humility to realize that His plan is to keep Him happy and keep Him glorified and give Him everything He needs. In the process, it just so happens that He gives and takes away exactly what you need and it is working together for your good. After all, His plan ends with the greatest good we can have in our lives. Just something to think about for this week.