Our hope in Jesus Christ through every difficulty is that He works all things together for good. Sometimes God’s master plan is that our sufferings today will be the seed of His grace in the lives of others tomorrow. And in everything it will always be forever for our good!
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose Romans 8:28
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3
Did you ever pause to wonder how Jesus knew that one specific donkey was there? We usually think of God as having such big and important things to do that He wouldn’t be interested in things like donkeys. Sometimes I have wondered why He would even be interested in me. My life seems pretty, uninteresting and filled with inabilities, fears and mess-ups. Yet God’s word gives me hope because I see that for reasons known only to Him He takes interest in mundane things like birds -Matt 6:26;, lions- Psalm 104:21; donkeys- Numbers 22:32-33 and yes even man!
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4
If you doubt that God has a plan for your life remember that God chose exactly when and where you would be born. We, just like King David were each individually knit together while still in our mother’s womb. No two of us are alike and God never does anything without a reason. There are days when I wish I knew that reason! But even on those days God sees our thoughts and if we look for Him in the ordinary situations that we are living in, His promise is that we will find Him!
Especially on those dreary days when life seems more like a tangled mess than a work of art, remember that donkey and remind yourself that God knows exactly where you are today! You may be tied up to a post in a dusty little village but God has a plan for you. No one may have much use for your limited abilities, but God needs you exactly as you are. You may feel that today is just another unimportant day but with God there are no unimportant days. This is the hour that the Lord needs you and He is sending for you to come and carry Him somewhere He wants to go today!
Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” John 21:21
As Jesus and Peter walked along the beach in conversation about God’s will, Peter turned around and saw his friend John following close behind. Maybe John just wanted to see if Jesus would talk with him also or maybe like a younger sibling he was simply eavesdropping!
When Peter saw John suddenly the question came to him that often comes to us all: “What about him? Why won’t he have to experience the same things I do? ” In love Jesus turns Peter’s focus back where it needed to be: “If I will…”
As Americans we are raised on fairness. We grow up with it in the home, we hear and see it in the media every day and it is almost written into our DNA! But our God in his grace does much better than being fair with us: He gives us His grace. What a wonderful rest will enter into the DNA of our soul once we settle the matter of grace and His will.
The matter of what others will or won’t have to do will fade away and the eyes of our heart will begin to see Jesus clearly as the true lover of our soul!
Open the eyes of my heart Lord Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up Shining in the light of Your glory
by Michael W Smith
“I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ “And the Lord told me,…Acts 22:10
Until we cry out like Paul in stunned astonishment we will never have the chance to hear an answer. Most of my own struggles with listening have been a result of mental pride. But as I have grown older and found that my own abilities are quite slipping and that time is so short I have begun to look for help both from others and from the Lord himself. While we try to control what we think are the important areas of life to show everyone our ability, God gently unfolds his wisdom in the fragile and delicate petals of a flower that no one may ever see but Him.
“What should I do Lord? ” only begins to be answered at the end of our own sense of self-importance and at the beginning of our humble awakening to His mighty power!
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5 NKJV
We are not left alone to find God’s path. He will guide us with His hand as we trust totally in His Word! This has been my almost daily prayer both for myself and for others.
In looking out over the vast sea of choices and changes do you ever wonder where in all of God’s great ocean do you belong?
Have you stopped to wonder if you on God’s Mission or simply going on His Permission?
Only when Jesus has full control of the ship will we ever find out where He is sailing!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.