Plans Within Plans

You ever watch one of those movies where there is a vast conspiracy to take over the world or something? It’s kind of fun to watch the heroes figure out the conspiracy and either unravel it or be overwhelmed by it. Because sometimes that’s how the world feels. It feels like big brother is always watching you or there is some vast conspiracy to ruin your life.

In truth, there is. His name is Satan and He wants to ruin your life. Everyone who serves His ends are His unwitting accomplices. But we all have parts to play in this drama. Whether you serve the side of Heaven or Hell, we are all pieces to be played or sacrificed. Sound dark?

Consider this, as stated in the verse above, we can make plans. But we can only see the road just a little bit ahead of us. God alone has the map. We try to best the best decisions we can based on the information we have, but God has given us enough guidance to steer us in the right direction. But the enemy also has an agenda. He can see little of God’s plan, but he does know how to derail as much as can.

Satan was responsible for the crucifixion and death of Jesus just as much as man. No doubt Satan rejoiced at God’s predicament. How could God start a new religion with a dead messiah? But God had a bigger plan. God had already prepared all things just as He had predicted through His prophets. That Jesus died was according to His plan. Jesus did not remain in death, but God raised Him in three days. And no greater joy was felt.

Jesus was sacrificed for God’s greater plan of raising Him from the dead. If God would do that for His own Son, imagine what wonders He will do through you? If you are going through a trial now, God already has a plan for experience in your life. If you are suffering, there is a reason for it. He has not abandoned you. You too will rise. But there is no greater darkness than the midst of that trial. He has not abandoned you or forsaken you. Be patient and He will lift you up. Wait on the Lord and you will not be disappointed.

Father God, you know I’ve been through some dark days. You’ve been there with me. Right now feels like one of those times. I can’t see far enough ahead Lord to know what direction is best. All I can do is the best I can in obeying the word You’ve given me. Please help me know what You need me to do. Please help me know you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me. Give me strength for the trial. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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