[CF Devotionals] 2005-04-20 - God's Work at Work

Originally Published 2004-02-27

Recently I slept over at a friends house and watched the movie Signs. Compliments to the chefs. For all that have seen the movie, you know that the entire plot is built into itself. All the small things come together to make sense in the end. Things that had seemingly no purpose in the movie, turned out to solve the problem. God does this in our lives also. He may give us something that we have no use for right now, but later we'll realize how it fits into His perfect plan. And yet we doubted. What's that?

In Mark 14:32-42, Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is about to be arrested and crucified, and is questioning God's will. So He goes to the garden to be alone and pray. He wants to be sure that God knows what He is doing. He knows that God's plan will be fulfilled. He prays, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." If that didn't make sense to you, replace the word "will" with "desires/wishes/hopes."

Jesus knew that it was God's plan that was going to be fulfilled, not His. Yes, they were the same being, but Jesus was a human, and God's will, comes above ours. Jesus knew that, and wanted to teach us that. In Matthew 6:25-27, "There I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them." Are you not much more valueable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

We don't need to worry in our lives. But we all do it. You know you do, be it about work, school (can I get an amen? Your response ______), or even church activities. We all worry about things in our lives that we truly have no control over. So stop it. Don't deal with it. "Let go and Let God." It's that simple; we can't control anything down here. Not even our hair. But there is hope, for God has plans for us.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

God will give you what you need. If you don't think He will, tell me, please, I want to know why. For now, think about this: Friday night, people ran to stores to get essentials for survival after nuclear attack. Yesterday, my neighbor drove in two feet of snow to get me milk. So, you needed protection, and He gave you snow. It may seem like innocent snow, but God used it to protect us from harm. Think about it...

The Word of God, For the Children of God, "Thanks be to God."

Special thanks to Lindsey for extra insight.

God Bless,
Derek

http://www.cfdevotionals.org

Derek is a retired CF Devotionals author.