advent | day seventeen.

Heyyyyy! So we’re 17 days into #samjyogaadvent for those following along. Our theme today is PREPARE.

I feel like the jury is still out for me as far as how I feel about “God’s will” (at least our understanding of it, and likely misuse of the phrase), and what it means for God to have plans for our lives like Jeremiah 29:11 is widely taken out of context to say. This is still something, I confess, I am still figuring out theologically.

Whether He set the mess in motion and let it roll, or micromanages every detail of every minute detail of every living thing… I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that when I crack open the binding of my Bible, I know He has a will, and I know He has had a plan in mind all along for this thing He created.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 NIV)

Even better, too, I see that He knew I was coming, right? Do you see that too?

I was foreknown, and so were you. He’s prepared for us, and has likely done some preparing on our behalves as well.

And that gives me so much comfort.

I heard someone preach once, and to paraphrase a bit, he said that basically, we never throw God off His game. God’s never like, sitting in heaven when we do something stupid or just make any old decision and go ‘Oh well there’s a curveball! Didn’t see that one comin! What are we gonna do now?!’ That’s not an omniscient God.

So even if there is a plan for my life that’s outlined step by step and prepared for me, I can’t exactly screw it up – being that it was all foreknown about me, and predestined, and all.

And even when it seems dark or like I really have messed up big time, I can’t count on the fact that He’s still able and going to work that out for good somehow, be it circumstantially or even just in the way those decisions will grow and shape me as a person. And thank God for that.

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