Wednesday, July 8, 2020

God’s Plan: Confusing or Clear - Martin Wiles

We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine! Genesis 37:7 NLT
Soren Kierkegaard, a nineteenth-century Danish philosopher, said, “Life must be understood backwards … it must be lived—forwards.”
Tending to a three- and a five-year-old grandson five to six days a week is no easy task for my wife and I, but we love having them around. We spend much of our time teaching them directives that are for their own good—good we see but good I’m sure they don’t understand at their age.
Such as running in the house. We live in a small patio townhome, cluttered with too much furniture. We have a small yard—too small for them to run around in—so they often try running in the house. Not a better choice. When they fall, or run into something, and get hurt, we remind them that’s why we tell them not to run.
Even running in the great outdoors can be dangerous for them. Occasionally, we take them to a nearby Revolutionary War site where plenty of room exists for them to run. We still caution them. Falling on the paved walkway—which they have done—skins knees and hands. So does running down the steps of the overlook building. The five-year-old can attest to this.
Walking backward is another trick they once tried while we strolled uptown with them. They laughed as they did, and I cautioned them as they did. I saw what was coming: a pole.
Although my grandboys may not understand our directives, I know the reason behind giving them. And one day, they’ll understand that what confused them was clear to me. Joseph learned that about God’s directive. Through two dreams, God showed Joseph that he would one day rule over his family. What he didn’t know—or perhaps even later understand—was that the journey to that point would entail hatred, betrayal, slavery, and prison.
Scripture clearly teaches God has a plan for our lives. Through stories, it also shows we might not understand the plan—or enjoy the things we have to go through for God to accomplish His plan.
We have two choices: turn our backs on God’s plan, or trust Him to accomplish it in the way He sees best, whether or not we understand. My grandboys choose to trust my wisdom, and I plan to do the same with God’s plan for me.
Don’t rebel against God’s plan. Enjoy the journey, even when it involves misunderstanding and pain.
Prayer: Father, give us the faith to trust Your plan even when it appears confusing to us.

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