Nothing Can Thwart The Plans of God
Do you really believe that? I wonder if it means that His plan will happen whether you participate or not? Or that if you stay on the path with Him, no matter what happens to you, God’s plan is going to happen?
Job 42: I know that You can do all things. No plan of Yours can be thwarted.
Job repents in dust and ashes, realizing that God has a plan that can’t be stopped and that he was challenging God’s plan. He was arguing that God’s justice was not right. That he condemned God to justify himself.
Actually, I imagine Job was so hapopy to have finally seen God and gotten a response. Almost as if he were thinking there really is a God! and He’s full of justice! Now I can rest.
I think I know this place. The place where I cried out to God over and over again, wondering if He was really there? Asking Him to show me what good it did to allow such pain in my life. If He’s there, show me what I was doing wrong? Why are so many bad things happening? I thought I was following You and my life was going to be better!
Our daughter Lexie, as many of you know, was born with a genetic disorder and had to have many surgeries. During one particular stay in the hospital, many mistakes were made which caused her a great deal of pain and suffering. We all know what happens when we see our little ones suffer, seems like we feel it 10 times! We were so angry with the doctors and hospital and one day out of anger Mike said “I just want to drop a bomb on this place!” Not a good thing to joke about during those days. I was crying out to God “What possible good is all of this doing? How could all this suffering do any good? What are we doing wrong?”
God had put a good friend in my life and she began to comfort me by listening to me pour out my anger and frustration. She listenend and listened until all the anger had seeped out and finally asked in this gentle voice. “Do you think you could forgive those doctors?”
“No!” I yelled, thinking she has no idea what I”ve just been through. I drove to the hospital still thinking about all that had been said and began talking to God. This just isn’t going to work, I can’t do this anymore. I’m going to quit. This God thing is just too hard. But by the time I got to the hospital I knew what I had to do. I forgave those doctors as I sat in the parking lot, every one of them, crying through each one. Then I asked God to give me compassion for them, because I didn’t have any.
Suddenly I was filled with a love for those doctors! I went around to the trunk of my car and pulled out a stack of paperback new testaments and brought them with me into the hospital. (Yes, I did. I kept new testaments in my trunk in case I led someone to the Lord! Those were my evangelist days…what happened to those!?) During that month that we stayed at the hospital, I witnessed to, listened to and prayed for so many nurses and doctors. Lexie’s room always had worship music playing and when people would come in they would say “Wow, it’s so peaceful in here!” and I would smile and ask them how their day was going. Even though it was hard to see my baby suffer, I knew that God had a purpose for our lives and we were fulfilling it right there in the hospital.
Nothing can thwart the plans of God. I can participate if I want to, or I can stand back and watch him do it through someone else. Some days I want to just crawl back into bed, but I know that if I go to His word and surround myself with good friends, life is the most exciting place I can be and the best adventure I could have ever asked for!
Join us today as we go on another exciting adventure and see what can happens when we pray for the marketplace in Redding…look out world, you’re next!
Noon, Frank Consulting.