65. God's plan for us

I was going through some of my older devotions and I came across this one and I felt like sharing it with you once again. I am sure that you won't mind as we all need to hear this message again. Let us start with this wonderful passage in John 3:26 - 30

"John's disciples came to him and said, "Teacher, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan river, the one you said was the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everyone is going over there instead of coming to us." John replied, "God in Heaven appoints each person's work. You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for Him - that is all. The bride will go where the bridegroom is. A bridegroom's friend rejoices with him. I am the Bridegroom's friend, and I am filled with joy at His success. He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less."

John's reply truly amazed me. Just think about it, he was at the height of his 'career', his followers loved him and revered him as an amazing prophet of God; in fact he was the first prophet in over 400 years in Israel. He had a big following and everyone looked up to him. After living for years in the wilderness, people were finally recognizing him as a man of God and flocking to see him. And yet when the time came for Jesus to start His ministry, John wasn't jealous when his followers rather followed Jesus, he didn't try and stop them and save his career by spreading false rumors about Jesus. No, he knew that his task of preparing the way for Jesus was coming to an end and he rejoiced at the success that Jesus had.

This reminded me of another lovely Bible story where the same principle was demonstrated. It is the story of Jonathan and David. Jonathan was the oldest son of King Saul. He was next in line in becoming the King of Israel. But God chose David instead because of Saul's disobedience to God. King Saul and Jonathan quickly realized that that was the case and that God wasn't going to allow Jonathan to become King. Now Jonathan could have let jealousy blind him and tried to stop God's plan by killing David like his father Saul tried to do. He could have spread false rumors about David and try to discredit him in front of the people. But no, Jonathan is an amazing example to me of someone who accepted God's plan and who understood that God's plan is best, even if it meant that he would never receive the prestige and honor here on earth that he might feel is due. Listen to Jonathan's words to David while he was hiding away from Kind Saul:

"Don't be afraid," Jonathan reassured David. "My father will never find you! You are going to be the King of Israel, and I will be next to you." 1 Samuel 23:17

Sadly Jonathan never had the opportunity to be next to David, reigning as king, as he was killed in a battle before he could. But I can assure you that he was well awarded in heaven. Jonathan understood that what happens down here on earth is not your ultimate goal, he understood that to follow God's plan is the greatest fulfillment and that his rewards are eternal.

And we should learn the same lesson. When we do not get the promotion we wanted, when we are not the most beautiful, when we do not measure up in worldly standards to the one next door, when we do not 'make it' in the eyes of the world etcetera, we shouldn't be envious of the ones who do. We should look up to God and follow His plan for our lives. His plan is good and His plan is fair and like John said, "God in Heaven appoints each person's work". We should take hold of the plan that He has for us and run with it and do the best with it that we can! He is ultimately in control and we shouldn't try and force our hand and bad mouth the ones who got the advancement we feel that we deserved. No, we should learn from Jonathan and John. It is the progression of the Kingdom of God that is important and each one of us has a task in this. We should look up to God and ask Him what our task is and then we must do it with all our vigor and might. Our reward will be in Heaven.

Father, thank you so much that You have a wonderful plan for each one of us. Please help us to stand tall and do the best with what You have entrusted to us. To make You proud of us is life's ultimate achievement. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “65. God's plan for us”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, 18 August 2016 at 12:23:35 PM

    Thank you, Ilze, for reminding us of this truth..

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