Lesson 13 -- third quarter 2003
August 24, 2003
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God has a plan
Immersed in my pre-writing thoughts, I stared at the computer so long that the screen saver started. Five small squares began meandering about the screen, drawing vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines. They followed random paths, each changing direction at random moments. Behind them developed trails which every ten seconds changed colors randomly, leaving the previous colors behind. Steadily the screen became a tangle of random paths and colors, with the squares constantly adding to the mess.
As I gazed at the on-screen action, I knew I could do nothing to control even one of those squares. I couldn't affect the new color choice nor the new direction of travel nor the time when that direction would change. Not only could I not control matters, I couldn't predict them. I was merely an observer, entirely powerless and clueless. Any plans I might make or hopes and expectations I might entertain for those squares and their travels would be meaningless and pointless. To be sure, I could poke any key or jiggle the mouse, and all the action would instantly cease and disappear. But that's nothing compared to being able to foreknow, plan, and direct.
That reminded me of today's lesson. God foreknows all the action on the screen of human history. To Him, nothing is random or unpredictable. Nothing spins beyond His ability to control and direct. Thus He can plan, divinely certain that nothing and no one can keep His plan from developing.
One implication of that truth is that my life is neither pointless nor puzzling to God. Therefore, it makes sense to trust my life to Him, committing myself to Him and His plan. In that truth and resulting trust I find comfort, courage, peace, strength, rest, purpose, and meaning.
What other implications do you see?
Certain and sure
As Daniel came to the conclusion of his speech to the king, he had this clinching statement: "The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:45). In other words, "There is no guesswork here, O king, and definitely no wishful thinking. That is exactly what you dreamed and that is precisely what will happen. No matter how much time elapses before all this comes to pass, it will come to pass. And it will come to pass exactly as I have told you. You can count on it. You should count on it. So learn from it. Plan for it. Live by it. God has spoken. Listen!"
From our vantage point thousands of years later, we can wag our heads indulgently, wondering just how much heed the king paid to God's dream and message for him. How could anybody virtually disregard such a certain, compelling message? The answer may well lie within our own hearts. For a practical example, consider the lesson from two weeks ago. Remember the warnings we considered? They are just as certain as Daniel's message to Nebuchadnezzar! Have we heeded them any better for any longer than he did? My friend, the message of God to us is something we can count on. We should count on it. So let's learn from it, and plan for it, and live by it. God has spoken and we ought to listen! "Every word of God is pure.... The law of the LORD is perfect...the testimony of the LORD is sure.... It shall accomplish...and it shall prosper" (Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 19:7; Isaiah 55:11)!
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