WHEN GOD’S PLAN FINALLY COMES TOGETHER

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WHEN GOD’S PLAN FINALLY COMES TOGETHER

Doreen and I have finally moved into our new place. It’s been a long time coming; 3 years in fact. And even in the final stretch, when we were getting the house together, there were hiccups.

But now, finally, after all this time, everything has fallen into place, things are, literally and figuratively, where they ought to be, and I’m reminded of what Hannibal of the A-Team used to say;

‘I love it when a plan comes together.’

And we do, don’t we? I’m sure you’ve planned for things before; drawn up the GANTT chart, worked the schedule with meticulous precision, ensuring that ‘the plan’ comes together like clockwork.

And I’m sure you’ve dealt with hiccups along the way; and while they were annoying, they just made the end all the more sweet to savor, didn’t it? Indeed, we do ‘love it when a plan comes together.’

But you know what, beloved child of God? In my 38 years of being on this earth, I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t really matter whether or not our plans come together. As sweet as that may be, savoring our success doesn’t hold a candle to the joy and satisfaction we feel when our Father’s plan for us comes together.

I will, but I really don’t have to, quote from scripture for you to see this, because it has, is and will continue to happen in your life. You plan, you schedule, you coordinate, and yet something goes wrong. But when it finally pans out, you realize that the changes that had to be made brought you to a better place than where you originally intended to go. Haven’t you ever had that happen to you?

Take for example Joseph. He was the quintessential man whose life did not go according to his plan. Remember how he started out in life?

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.” Genesis 37:3

He was the favored one, the beloved one; the one who had it all. And as if to confirm, authenticate and validate Joseph’s special status, he was given this dream.

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Genesis 37:5-6

It was as if, even from a young age, Joseph was destined to ‘lord it over’ his brothers; and we know that in the end, he did, but in a good way. But I’m sure no one anticipated the turn that his life took.

“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”” Genesis 37:18-20

Plotted against and left for dead; but Joseph’s misery didn’t just end there.

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.” Genesis 39:1

Not only was he sold into slavery, even during his tenure, he bore the brunt of the ‘office politics’ that went on in his master’s household.

“Joseph was a strikingly handsome man. As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.”” Genesis 39:6-7 [MSG]

“She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her.” Genesis 39:10 [MSG]

Talk about sexual harassment. And even though Joseph tried to walk the straight and narrow with her,

“On one of these days he came to the house to do his work and none of the household servants happened to be there. She grabbed him by his cloak, saying, “Sleep with me!” He left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house. When she realized that he had left his coat in her hand and run outside, she called to her house servants: “Look—this Hebrew shows up and before you know it he’s trying to seduce us. He tried to make love to me but I yelled as loud as I could. With all my yelling and screaming, he left his coat beside me here and ran outside.”” Genesis 39:11-15

And he got thrown in jail for that.

But that’s not all. When he was in jail, he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and that allowed the cupbearer to be blessed;

“But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.” Genesis 40:23 [MSG]

But you know what, beloved? Whilst Joseph was going through those trials, whilst Joseph was facing all those ‘changes in plan’, whilst his heart must have been vexed each time trouble reared its ugly head, this verse kept appearing;

“The Lord was with Joseph”

When he was sold into slavery,

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” Genesis 39:2

And what was the end result?

“And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.” Genesis 39:3-4

And when Joseph was wrongfully put in prison for seducing Potiphar’s wife,

“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Genesis 39:21

And what was the end result?

“And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” Genesis 39:22-23

And we know what happened with Pharaoh, don’t we, because in the end,

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” Genesis 41:39-40

Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

When we allow our Father to show us all there is to know, when we allow our Father’s plan to take effect in our lives, His plan WILL come together, because He said,

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

But how can we be confident that His plan will benefit us? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, it is simply because He said,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Now, mind you, God did not tell His people this during the good times. He said this when the Babylonians had taken them captive. And God allowed it too because of their wicked ways. Yet, despite the fact that they were still serving out their punishment, our Father still told them,

“For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10

Now what more you, beloved child of God? You see, for them,

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1-2

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:” Deuteronomy 28:15

But for us who have received Christ,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

And what is the implication of being a child of God?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?” Matthew 7:9-10

Think about it, isn’t it true? You won’t ill treat your on children, would you? So then, is it any stretch of the imagination that

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

And this is just for things that we know to ask. What about those things that we don’t know are good for us? How about those things that we don’t know how to ask for? How much more will our Father give to us then?

You know, in the end, Joseph said,

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20

Our Father really did turn things around for Joseph, didn’t He? Every step of the way, He made sure that all the bad turned out good. It is little wonder then that Paul says,

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

No matter which stage of life you are at right now, our Father has a plan for you;

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

And you don’t have to be on top of your game to receive all the blessings either, for

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26

So what is left for us to do? For the things we know to ask,

“…Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

And for those things that you know not how to ask for, let the Spirit take over; then sit back, relax and wait for His plan to come to fruition in your life, for I know that when it does, you will surely say,

‘I love it when His plan comes together.’

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