In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will… Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NIV)
Don’t you love those scriptures full of promise. Love how God works on you according to his purpose and his will. He wants us to know him and to want to live out his will in our lives and share his love with those we come across in our daily lives, our family, children, friends, people at the grocery store and work colleagues. I’m not talking about preaching to people but living along side them in the way God wants us to.
Sometimes life gets tough but remember God is working on us even when we are not thrilled with the process or hardship life can bring. God is more interested in developing our Godly character in us and he sometimes uses hard times or difficulties to do that. Hardship can help us turn to God and reach toward him. Often when we are living on easy street and when everything runs smoothly we trust ourselves and our own resources rather than God and his resources. God can turn any situation or life around. Often God’s way can seem topsy turvy. Your know the first shall be last. And that Christ came to serve. And how when we give up our life we then truly gain it. But ya know what… God knows what he is doing with each of us!
GOD WILL EQUIP US WITH HIS GODLY TOOLS, TO DO HIS WILL, IN HIS TIME, IN HIS WAY. All that is required from us is a little FAITH and KNOW that he is GOD.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his… Psalm 100:3 (NIV)
Did you know that the most common command in the bible is “Do not be afraid.” It can be scary doing God’s will especially when you can’t see the future like God can. “Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18 And lets face it, God loves us perfectly.