Lord, I spend so much time working on my overly busy schedule that I seldom stop to ask or think about what Your plan for my life is. Will you please tell me just what You created me for; what job or position you designed me for. I know that the greatest desire of my heart is to fulfill that plan and one day hear you say Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord (Matthew 25: 21).
Most of us will admit to having many trials and tribulations in this life and often wondering just where we are headed and whether we will get it right. Our Lord has always had a plan for each individual life, but He has allowed us to wander for awhile hoping we will eventually understand and choose to follow His plan. The Bible that we have been given tells us with a lot of detail how people in days past either chose His way or did not. They are not fairy tales of what we think life should be about; they give us a picture of reality, of how we have grown and succeeded or failed in His plan when He created us. I wonder as we watch our world falling apart if we will ever get it right.
Most of us realize we are in trouble. We have come so far in the development of weaponry, but have grown little in service and love for one another. Is it too late for us to erase our errors and try once again to be the creation God desires? I wonder, but I also know that our God loves His children and is still willing to help us if we will only ask. With His foreknowledge He knew the mistakes we would make, but He still had a hope even as He disciplined us. When the world looked hopeless He put Noah in a big boat and set him afloat hoping he would see and begin to make a difference. Now here we are, years later, allowing evil to overtake us once again. Is it possible that we can see the light and become what He has always desired?
I know there are not many things we can do as individuals, but there is one thing we can do and that is to pray. Right now God’s children in Israel are facing constant bombardment of their lives and land as the enemy tries its best to annihilate them. Evil has never stopped trying to conquer an unconquerable God and it never will, but we have the opportunity to rise as Christians should and send our prayers heavenward for God’s land and His children. So far we here in America have been blessed beyond what we deserve and given the opportunity to show our allegiance to our Creator to the rest of the suffering world. However, our testimony could and should be even greater than it currently is and we should each and every one of us be ever showing for others to see our love for the Father who first loved us.
We can read in our Bibles about how God actually stepped in during times of trouble to save His children, but that does not excuse us with the knowledge we now have in His word from taking up our weapons of warfare. We may not actually have to join the physical fight although it may one day happen, but we can use the example He gave us and pray for our brothers who are currently in the midst of the struggle. We can see for ourselves the progression of evil in this world and know that we cannot by ourselves fix things, but we can be part of the fuel needed to eventually do so.
The book of Judges gives us warning– When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel (2:10). Could that possibly be us? I sincerely hope not!
Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.