God’s plan for your future – Part 2
This New Year, whatever postulation you hear about the future, you must never lose sight of God’s provisions and promises. In fact, you must stand out of the maddening crowd by expressing implicit faith in God, to bring you into a better future.
The example of Caleb and Joshua is instructive here. They were among the spies sent to view the Promised Land. But they had a different kind of spirit, conviction and attitude. Full of faith in the promise and power of God, “Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”
It is not what people hear or see that adversely affect them, but the way they respond to what they hear or see. Filled with faith, we also can overcome all obstacles to fulfilling our God-given commission to Disciple A Whole Nation. We can reach every village, community, town, city and country with the gospel and win souls for the Lord. This requires the involvement of every child of God. As believers, we must possess a mind that is different from those who give evil report. We must have conviction, courage and faith in the Lord to be able to possess the Promised Land. “If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey…But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it,” Numbers 14:8, 24. If we respond with faith like Caleb and Joshua, God will fulfil His purpose in our lives.
Faith and fear cannot travel together. If faith is allowed to grow, it will dominate fear. So, this New Year, “fear not, nor be dismayed … for the Lord will be with you,” 2 Chronicles 20:7. Faith in the divine presence and His appointed servants will make us to be established in the truth, as well as bring assurance of victory over all enemies. It is the response of faith to whatever reports we hear about the future that will make the Lord fulfil His purpose and plan in our lives. Believers who have faith do not depart from the Lord, but are consistent in professing their faith in Him.
People who are inconsistent in their decision like Orpah, Demas, Lot’s wife and Judas Iscariot do come to church. Yet, they are quite unlike Ruth and other saints, who respond to the Lord by taking a decision to abide in Him in spite of difficulties and misfortunes on their ways.
Orpah departed, but “Ruth said: “entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Through resolute faithfulness and loyalty, Ruth became the great grandmother of Christ.
Forgetting the reports of fear, responding in faith to the Lord and taking a firm decision to abide in the Lord, today, will lead to our greater usefulness and the ultimate fulfilment of divine purpose in our lives and church.
This New Year, we should take or renew our decision to abide in the Lord like the Psalmist did. “I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me,” Psalm 119:30. Though God grants the desires of believers who are faithful in their decision to abide in Him on earth, His ultimate purpose is to take to heaven those who faithfully read, meditate and obey His Word till the end.
• Further Reading (King James Version): Deuteronomy 6:23-25; 10:11; Numbers 10:29; Numbers 13:30;14:6-8,24; 2 Chronicles 20:17,20-22; John 6:67-69; Ruth 1:15-18; Psalm 119:30; 112:7; 20:5.
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