I have finally finished the Book of Deuteronomy and am ready to dig in to Joshua. I am reading the Word in the Message and Peterson writes some very interesting introductory thoughts about the book. This one in particular was very compelling, and I quote, “God’s great love and purposes for us are worked out in the messes, storms and sins, blue skies, daily work, and dreams of our common lives, working with us as we are and not as we should be.” (The Message. Eugene H Peterson. NavPress. 2004 pg. 263)
God loves us, without question, and really wants what is best for us. He knows what ‘we should be’ but determines to work with us as we are. His purpose is to make us the best we can be as we mirror His Son, Jesus. He knows we are imperfect, sinners, always. It is not a spur of the moment plan. God is able to see the past, present and future of each of our lives and He wants to be part of every moment. His presence is always there we just don’t always choose to honor it. God’s plan will prosper us and provide for us.
He does nothing without just cause. He knows the right time, the right place, and the reasons for His actions regarding us.
However, He expects us to communicate with Him through prayer. And wants others to be doing the same for us.
God knows and He will share His plan. All we have to do is ask and listen for the response.
Oh, How He Loves Us by David Crowder
Heavenly Father, my prayer today is that You will open our hearts and minds and give us the ability to hear You. Oh, Lord, when we hear You let us respond as You would have us respond. I lift this prayer in the Mighty and Awesome Name of Jesus. Make it so!