God’s Eternal Plans; April 2, 2018

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Every true Bible scholar would love to have a detailed record of what Jesus told those two men! The point, however, is that God had been planning for the cross and resurrection from before the dawn of time. As much as we talk about it, we can’t really wrap our minds around the reality that God, being Spirit and not matter, and having created all matter, is totally outside of time, because time is dependent on matter. Even the words I just wrote don’t make sense to a lot of people! One thing that God simply cannot be is surprised. Because He is outside of time, He is aware of everything at once. We don’t even have logical words to describe how it is for God, because we, inhabiting material bodies, are trapped in the flow of time. That’s one of the glories of eternity with God: we will no longer be trapped in time. We can’t imagine what that will be like, because it is so different from our current experience. The point for us now, however, is to rest in faith that God indeed knows the end from the beginning, and the end He has planned for us is good. Jeremiah 29:11 is quoted often, because it is an important counterpoint to some of the mess we go through. “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11) As Jesus demonstrated to those two disciples on the road to Emmaus, those plans are from eternity past and they are valid for eternity future. We don’t have that field of view at this point, so we are to walk in faith and trust.

Just yesterday someone wrote my wife that “Jeremiah 29:11 is for you, too.” At this point that is a very appropriate, timely reminder. We are brought back to essentially the numbers we started with when we took the name, Shinsei no Sato, and started operating as a church. Over 50 people have been baptized in the 34 years since then, and many more have been blessed in many ways. At this point we have land and a building and legal status, which we had none of 34 years ago. Rejection from people is painful, but God hasn’t rejected us, so the point is to look forward in anticipation of what God is going to do from here. God isn’t surprised by any of this, and His plans for us are good.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that it comes at Easter. April 1st also happens to be the anniversary of my ordination. Help me indeed return to my roots in You and Your Word and rejoice that Your plans for us are good. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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