The plan

teacher-32747_6401Chronicles 28:11: Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat;

You cannot go far without a plan. There was the plan of salvation which was set up before the foundation of the world, when Jesus was appointed as the Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the earth (Revelation 13:8). That means right from then, well before Adam and Eve sinned, the solution was made. God can do that because he is God, with no limit whatever whether by of time, knowledge or power, and therefore capable of making the foolproof plan, he knows all the angles, everything and everyone comes from him.

When the children of Israel were in the bondage in Egypt, God has a plan to rescue them which involved sending Moses and doing signs and wonders in Egypt to execute his plan with a mighty hand, not only to bring them out, but lead them to possess the land promised to their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Long before the execution, hundreds of years before, God revealed the plan to Abraham (Genesis 15). When Abraham asked that God should give him a child, God caused him to go into a deep sleep and told him what will happen hundreds of years later to his offspring (he didn’t even have one at this time).

When he saw the plan of God down the line for him, he stopped worrying about his lack of offspring. Knowing the plan of God, cures you if worry. He says that the plan he has for us are for good and not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11), and all things work together for good for us who love him (Romans 8:28).

The bible says that God does not do anything except he tells his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). God is in the habit of revealing his plans before they happen, as part of the dynamics of his relationship with man. Noah was told of his plan to do away with the whole bunch of human being on earth and God instructed him to make an ark which would preserve his family while the torrents from heaven come down in a world that has not seen rain (Genesis 6).

Right from the beginning God told Enoch of his plan for the end of the age that the Lord will come with multitudes of the mighty ones (Jude 1:14), and he declared it. Jeremiah was told of God’s plan to punish the people of Israel by taking them away from their land for seventy years (Jeremiah 29:10). To cap it all, through Isaiah, he revealed the name of the king that will give the edict for their return, many years before he was born (2Chronicles 34:4-7).

God sent a prophet to Israel from Judah when Israel was enmeshed in idol worship through the disloyalty of Jeroboam. The prophet prophesied against the altar set up for idol worship set up by Jeroboam and declared many years beforehand that a king will be born in the Judah, giving his name as Josiah, who will burn the bones of priests that are associated with the worship of those idols (1Kings 13:1-6).

The Lord was showing that he knows the end from the beginning and from ancients times the things that are yet to come to pass, saying: I will do all my will and fulfil all my desires (Isaiah 46:10).

The best plan you can make is to follow the plan of God, align with it. All we are called to is discovery and alignment; we should seek to discover the plan of God and seek to align with it. You cannot be as inventive as God nor do you have his resources, nor do you have a deeper view of who you are than him. With your limitation, the best plan is to move with his plan.

Any other thing we do will be like running against a brick-wall (Acts 9:5), running on your own agenda means you running on your own intellect, which would not take you far because it is limited.

The wise will ask God like Paul did: “what will you have me do (Acts 22:10)” they will shout like Isaiah: “here am I send me (Isaiah 6:8).” You should not send yourself, since you need to depend on the grace of God, on his ability.

The bible says that law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:17). The plan of God through Jesus is to equip you with grace and truth so you will be able to execute the plan of God like Jesus did. There is nothing else you need. They should be your focus.

When Mary sat at the feet of Jesus learning truth from him, it was described as the best use she can put her time to (Luke 10:38-42). Truth is what you learn, and if you are not learning you are not growing. If you are not expanding in what you know, you are not expanding in who you are.

Peter said that we should desire the sincere milk of the word so that we may achieve our growth potential (1Peter 2:1-2). The bible says that knowledge and understanding shall be the source of stability (Isaiah 33:6). Peter says we should grow in are grace and knowledge (truth) (2Peter 3:18).

Grace is the ability of God in operation in man. Jesus did not come just to tell us about God (truth), but to be in us and live his life through us (grace). We are meant to lay hold of grace in the place of prayer (Hebrews 4:16), while we have the truth available to us in the pages of the bible. The psalmist prayed to God, open my eyes to behold wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18).

The plan is that you will fly on the wings of truth and grace, the stronger you are in those two areas, the higher you can soar, the farther you can go. Like the tree needs soil and air, you need grace and truth. Grace is the soil because it is gotten in the secret place (in God, unseen, inside sources), while the truth is got in the public place (from outside sources). You need to search out truth for yourself.

Job said: my ears can taste words (Job 12:11). It means we should develop sensitivity to truth to know what is right for you to focus on or not. We are meant to be built up enough so that we would not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.

Not that a teaching is wrong; but you do not sense that it adds to the work God is doing in your life now. It did in the past, but that is not what you need now. You know the words that don’t minister (add) to you and what does not.

Don’t feel guilty if the person who used to be your favourite preacher does not seem so again. It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you (or with him); it just means you want to go to higher things of truth.

The writer of the book of Hebrews says that he wanted to share higher things with the audience but he felt they have not grown to that level, after years they have remained in need of teachers when they should be teaching others (Hebrews 5:11-14). They had wasted years with others things other than the pursuit of truth. He said that the ideal thing is not to continue learning the same thing; they need to pursue new truths, and as we pursue the presence of God we pursue grace. That is the plan for you to fulfil God’s plan for you.

 

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