GOD THE PLANNER (part 1)

Is it good to make plans? In fact, it is godly, because it is like God. No one plans like God. “He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…In him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:9,11,12). This tells us six truths about God’s plan:

HIS PLAN IS A MYSTERY.

And the mystery continues even after the plot is revealed. No one says, “Crazy, I should have thought of that.” No interior logic would ever come up with the plan of God. His ways and thoughts are light years higher. We can only marvel at infinitely superior wisdom and love.

HE LIKES HIS PLAN. IT GIVES HIM JOY.

God is neither bored nor boring. To read His love letter and call it boring says nothing about the letter and a lot about the reader. God is not grouchy, nor is He having a bad day. And He is looking forward to spending an eternity with His family. It is to His “good pleasure.”

HIS PLAN CENTERS IN HIS SON.

His Son brings Him great joy. And His fullness of joy increases as we are made to look more like Him. He purposed His plans to center in Christ. The way we fit into His plans is to “hope in Christ.” No other way. No Lutherans, Baptists or Catholics in heaven, only children marked by the blood of Christ and spared from a Christless eternity through Calvary love.

HIS PLAN IS PREDESTINED TO BE FULFILLED.

That means it is going to happen. A new earth has been planned. We’re not going to get a text from heaven saying, “Sorry, it is not going to work out as planned.” Peter called the plan imperishable, unfading, and reserved for us. It is not subject to mold, rust, or deterioration. Not my program. Karen and I planned to go to Washington. Never got past Oregon. Had to call and cancel. It doesn’t offend me that God has made perfect and preprogrammed plans for me. I’m in! Predestination is a mark of his love (Eph. 1:5).

HIS PLAN INCLUDES US.

In fact, we were chosen before the foundation of the earth. It was not a last-minute decision to get us in before the deadline. That should prop up your self-image. Choice implies worth. My friend Gary was chosen last at recess in junior high because he couldn’t swing a bat. Never mind that he was smarter than the rest of us. It didn’t feel good to not be chosen. If you are reading this, I suspect that you are!

HIS PLAN BRINGS HIM GLORY.

We get chosen–He gets praise. We can only rejoice at His compassion. The only thing holding Him back from sending Jesus to earth today is that He desires even more children in His family. He’s a Father, and He happens to really love His kids. And His kids bless Him–forever!                     (More about this great plan in part 2).

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