Every time I read the Bible I am convinced that if anything good has to come out of my life, I must learn to lean on Godís superior wisdom and not my limited intellect. As if to cheer me along and say that I am not wrong, the Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
First this verse helps me realize that I am a handiwork of God. I did not appear out of nothing as some would choose to believe. Secondly In Christ Jesus, God has appointed me for good works. When I was made, there was nothing good about my life because I lived in sin. But when I was born again in Christ Jesus, God decided to use me to accomplish something good. I donít have to languish with sinful thoughts. I can rather rejoice for the Lord intends to bring about good through my life.
This is not just my own experience and not a privilege set aside for a few. This is Godís design for all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are saved. Knowing this makes me clear that there is a good purpose for my life. But the next moment I get baffled because I donít know what Godís plan is and I have no clue as to how it will unfold in my life.
As I grapple with these uneasy thoughts, God speaks to me in tenderness and says, ď I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.Ē Psalm 32:8 This assurance rests my anxious thoughts and a sweet calm fills my being for it is Godís eye that guides me.
Soon the danger sets in. I take too much for granted and think that living out Godís purpose in my life is all Godís job, not mine. The moment I shrug my shoulders and sit tight on Godís plan for me, I hear His voice again, Ē Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. Psalm 32:9
In every plan of God there is one part that I am expected to do. Even as God plans, designs and instructs, there is a doing which is my part of the work. God equips me for the task but I must carry out His instructions faithfully and to the best of the capabilities He gives me.
Even when God instructed Moses on constructing the tabernacle, the phrase Ēyou makeĒ repeats itself throughout the passage. It was not impossible for God to have made the tabernacle materialize out of nothing. But first God asks Moses to collect offerings from the people according to their willingness and secondly He lays down the entire blue print for the tabernacle. Every aspect of the execution was to be taken up by the Israelites under Mosesí leadership.
God desires to make a beautiful tabernacle out of you and me. His design is for good no doubt and His design has eternal value. But this tabernacle will not appear on its own. You and I are called to follow His instructions for our lives and obey. We canít afford to wait for His rod to set us on the right course. In fact it hurts God to treat us like animals. You and I are called to do our best faithfully, wherever He leads. When we do this, His good work of lasting value will be accomplished in us and we will have enough reason to hear Him 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 LordĒ Matthew 25:21
All Scripture references have been taken from The Gideonís Bible
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