|God Planned It
|But Joseph said to them, "Don't be
afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against
me; God planned it for good to bring about the present
result--the survival of many people.”
Genesis 50:19-20 HCSB
|As we face up to obstacles &/or
seemingly insoluble quandaries, when it appears that there
is no way through the mud pits, quicksand or over the
mountain, we cry out to Our Father and a way is made clear.
Through our tears, we console ourselves with the message of
Romans 8:28, “Yes, someday this too will be seen as for my
ultimate good.” We are relieved & grateful for His answered
guidance & provision; but silently ask, “Why did He wait so
know that God causes all things to work together for good to
those who love God, to those who are called according to His
Romans 8:28 NASB
|The God we serve
thrives on unimpeded movement across an infinite number of
dimensions; we are restricted to three. As we make our
pilgrim’s progress, every human interaction & experience
encountered, whether pleasant or uncomfortable, reveals Him
simultaneously directing our growth & maturation on multiple
layers: at least seven I'm aware of.
- Layer one: we are being enabled to navigate the current
challenge, obstacle, choice or quandary.
- Layer two: as we surmount the obstacle, our point-of-view
shifts & our perspective broadens. We are able to view a
land, road or goal, previously unknown to us.
- Layer three: the present experience prepares us for those
persons we will meet down the road with whom we will be able
to share God's provision.
- Layer four: our spiritual muscles & coordination are
sharpened, making us better able to overcome those
challenges we will face farther on.
- Layer five: as we walk with Him as our light, listening
for that “still small voice”, we more readily recognize His
leadings. We take fewer & fewer wrong turns that end up in
- Layer six: each of our successes, minor or major, brings a
pleasure to the heart & a smile face of God.
- Lastly: our testimony/walk, is observed with rapt
attention in heaven & here on earth by that “great cloud of
|So every time you face a seemingly insurmountable
impediment to your progress, remember that Father, with Whom
nothing is impossible, is actively causing “all things to
work together for [your] good.” So just put your hand in His
& rest there.
|Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in
everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB