Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Participating in the Plan of God

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Eccl. 3:11).These words, at first, might steal our confidence. Do you mean we are not in control of the events of tomorrow?

As mere men—as creatures—we have no power. If we could, we would predestine every event of the coming year to suit ourselves. Yet, such providence is not within our grasp—we are powerless to control the future. Such thoughts might lead us to hopeless despair. Considered alone, we are but sand in the cogs of time.

However, for the one who trusts in God, these words become our complete comfort. The all-wise, all-knowing God, who loves us with an everlasting love, is in complete control of all events. His timing is perfect. His plan is perfect. We are part of that perfect plan. No event of our life is without purpose. And He is working all those events together for our good! God’s plan is personal: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand” (John 10:28-29).


  1. What are the choices of worldview? I am in charge? Obviously not true and not desirable, when you think of it. No one is in charge? Now that is a horrifying and paralyzing thought. The Lord is in charge? Now that gives me the freedom and confidence to face tomorrow.