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.
Mr. Matthew Pannkuk-Chaplain, Middle School Bible Teacher
God is the Master Planner
He has set up things in such a way that His timing does more good for us than our timing, even though His timing might have more discomfort than we would like. You don’t always get what you want, like the job you thought was your dream job, but God is with you in the struggle. Even when the struggle is ongoing, and seemingly never ending.
Perhaps you are at a point where you find it hard to trust God. You doubt things will happen as he says. The picture the Artist is drawing looks bleak, and you fear it will ultimately fade. The Investments he made also will fail, and eventually become useless. The Plan won’t end well, and there’s little hope to keep us going as we live it out.
Yet if we do believe in Jesus, and the power of his resurrection, there is hope. Sometimes we forget the simple truth, “Jesus is alive.” If we know that, we know enough. If we remember that, and embrace that, then we have new life, we experience His resurrection power, we await certain eternal glory, and we share in everlasting joy.
Maybe today you are just like I was and still am often. You don’t like the picture the Artist is drawing, you don’t trust in what the Investor is putting your resources into, you don’t have faith in the timing of the Planner. Just remember that when the women went to the tomb on Easter morning, they too didn’t like they picture they saw of their Lord dead, they thought their years of investment in the Christ had failed, and they felt that the plan had gone terribly wrong.
But on that morning, they witnessed the greatest portrait the Artist ever painted, the resurrected Christ; they saw the fulfillment and grand fruition of all the investments over the years into God’s people, into obedience, into following the Investor’s strategy; they shared with the disciples and the whole world that the Planner did indeed have a marvelous plan, better than we could have hoped or imagined.
No matter what pain and brokenness we go through, we know that God is still good, Jesus is still alive, and the Holy Spirit is still active. We don’t have to know what the plan is, because we know the Planner. We know he is mighty and we know he is good. If we know that, then we know enough.
Twin Oaks Christian School, a ministry of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church