Aren’t you glad that God always has a plan? Since creation He has had to rescue His creation over and over again! As I sit this morning in my study on the day before Christmas Eve I was reminded that man has always needed to be rescued from himself. Since the beginning of time the endless stories can be told of how man was knee-deep in a mess and God showed up.
When Adam and Eve made the biggest mistake ever while living in the midst of perfection to this very day God’s human creation needed someone greater than themselves to get them out of a mess.
God had to banish Adam and Eve from re-entering the Garden by placing two cherubs with flaming swords so that man would not be trapped in that state forever without hope of deliverance. (Gen 3:23-24)
When the children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt for a hundreds of years God had a plan. Don’t you know they knew there had to be a better way? Even in their bondage they were longing for an Exodus. When it was at the darkest moment God sent a deliverer named Moses. A chosen Hebrew raised in Pharoah’s palace to lead a million of his own kind to freedom from a horrible task master. (Exodus 3:7-15).
The people of Israel had cried out for a king since the Lord delivered them from Egypt. They begged for someone besides the God whose name they did not know to be their leader. God spoke to Samuel to choose a young man named Saul to be the first King of Israel. (I Samuel 9). Unfortunately for Saul because of his wicked heart his kingdom was taken and given to another. God had a plan all along.
God spoke to Samuel to quit mourning over Saul and choose another to be king of Israel. God had a plan for the youngest of Jesse’s son to be anointed as the next king. David a young, handsome teenager would be chosen and anointed to reign as king after Saul. But there was more to this story because the Messiah of the world would come from the lineage of David. Our Deliverer was not yet here but he was already a part of God’s plan. Approximately 490 years before the answer to man’s salvation would arrive the plan was in place.
We do not always see how God is moving all the pieces. We usually see the problem not the plan that God has. Our focus is narrow and we cannot imagine that the mess can be part of the path for the plan to unfold.
So, those 490 years of waiting became the future. A young girl named Mary was betrothed to Joseph who was from the lineage of David. He would be the father of Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 is becoming a reality. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called”Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!)
Yes, God had a plan! Jesus, miraculously conceived, born according to prophecies spoken and He came in human flesh so that He could be the One offered for the sins of all mankind in order to bring back what was stolen all those years ago in the Garden.
And now as we celebrate this weekend the Joy of Christmas may you remember this one thing…..God has a plan! He has a plan for you and your life. If you cannot see past the circumstance staring back at you remember that God has not forgotten you. He is not withholding, He is waiting! All the years since creation God had a plan. In the fullness of time Jesus came! In the fullness of time your answer will come. You may not be able to see it now but hold onto the truth found in scripture that God is not withholding. Psalm 84:11 says “For the Lord God is a sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
God brought a Savior for all mankind to be the bridge back from what was broken in the garden. Celebrate this weekend with gratefulness because though there may be trouble all around us God still has a plan! One day the Savior of the world will break through the eastern sky riding a white horse and written on His side will be King of King and Lord of Lord! YES, HE TRULY HAS A PLAN!!
Living by the brook,