If I were born in a different age or place I don’t think I could have ever made it! I can’t imagine cooking over a fire or sleeping in a room full of people with lice and chiggers and all sorts of other maladies! So how is it that I am here in this place for such a time as this?
I’m not even a good weekend camper! I would be a disaster without indoor plumbing and no electricity. I am not a survivalist-kind-of-gal.
The thought of putting on a corset and a hoop skirt does have an appeal for about two seconds… but no toothpaste or nightly eye cream is almost unthinkable! And I thank God almost every day for air conditioning, seriously! I am a huge lover of climate control!!!
Believe me, my heart goes out to all people in less than happy living conditions. And they are in my prayers often. Thereby the grace of God go I, and that is what I am pondering today.
My life and times have its share of troubles! We all have trying times and situations, don’t we? I am particularly thankful the Lord created me and put me in this time and in this place!
Do you ever wonder why you are here? In this space of time? Why you were born in your town and state and country and even, family? It is no accident. It’s all a part of God’s perfect plan. Your life’s plan and mine are so specific and special and filled with purpose. Our existence is NOT random or the result of the cosmos.
Our lives are created by God…
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS Ester 4:14
God has a plan for your life. A plan for your good. And a plan to glorify Himself and show the world who He is through your life. If you think about it, we all have a very important and individually specific plan for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE.
But, here’s the thing… The choice of how we live is ours. God has given us the choice. Even though we were all created with a plan and a future we can thwart God’s plan and choose to live our own way. We can choose to turn our backs on God’s sovereign plan for us that was planned out before the beginning of time. Or we can choose to live a life that fulfills God’s wonderful plan for our lives. Just think, God knew you and created you with a purpose. The God of everything formed you and gave you talents and abilities and equipped you to work for him before you were even born.
If we choose to follow God’s plan for our lives, He does not promise us that it will be easy. However, he does promise that He will not give us more than we can handle. And He does promise that He will be with us. And He does promise us a huge reward when this life is over.
We cannot follow God’s plan on our own. We need help. We all are too weak to live the life God calls us to live. And if we choose to live a life following hard after God, a life where we accept the free gift of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ, God will give us a powerhouse in the form of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit leading us we CAN live our God-destined life… because
WE WERE MADE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
This week’s memorization verse…
FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE. Jere 29:11