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We all make plans for our lives. We want to travel to a far land or marry a certain person. We hope to enter a desired profession and make our mark on the world.
When we come to Christ, we are reborn, and our plans become his plans. At the same time, we are human, and in that, we are filled with human frailties. Keeping our eyes on him and allowing our own plans to take second place is difficult.
However, God wants us to make his mark on the world. At the same time, he is aware of our frailties, and he will help us overcome any obstacles we may face.
First, God created us as we are.
When our children are born, we do not immediately expect adult behaviors from them. We bring them into this world as helpless, self-centered individuals, and we accept them as such, even revel in their childishness.
God feels the same with us. In Psalm 90:2-4, he tells us he planned our creation even before the mountains rose from the bowels of the earth. He knew we would be fraught with frailties, and he would need to draw us to him. Our shortcomings were no surprise to the Almighty God, for in Verse 4 we read that for him a thousand years are as yesterday, for they are but a watch in the night.
When we feel weak and vulnerable, God understands. He created us that way.
Second, God wants us to accept his authority.
Even when we blame God for our troubles, he loves us unconditionally. We may rail at him, but his gentle hand is always at our side.
Job 15:11-13 reveals God’s nature to us. Humanity vents against God, and our eyes flash with anger. We cry out in pain, because we do not understand.
However, God asks, “Are my gentle ministrations not satisfying to you? Why do you get upset at me, when all I want to do is love you?”
God wants us to draw to him, for as Job tells us further down in Chapter 15, those who do not accept God’s authority will suffer calamities all the days of their lives.
Third, God will bless us with everlasting life.
God’s true plan for us is to be his hand upon this earth. In 1 Kings 2:3, he tells us to keep his commandments. If we do so, we will prosper in all that we do.
What are his commandments? In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus spoke of the most important of the commandments. First we are to love God with all our hearts, and next we are to love those around us, holding them up in equal importance to us.
If we do this, 1 Kings 2 says our children and our children’s children will know his success forever and ever.
They will make God’s mark upon the world.
God created us as flawed human beings. He understands us. If we allow him to rule our lives, we will make our mark for him, and the world will know that he is God.
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Rewind Wednesday: Originally Published April 4, 2013 in Kingdom of God