Have you ever wondered how long God planned out the birth of Jesus? Have you stopped to think about God’s plan for you? Have you considered that He may have something in motion for you that won’t come to pass for years?
Our typical human nature is to think about today. Oh, we may think a tad about the future, putting some savings away or planning to buy a house, but we don’t think about what God is doing nor His plan for us in the years to come. Yet, God is at work all the same.
We see in Jeremiah that God had already planned to send His Son to be the Savior of the world…some six hundred years in advance. Isn’t it amazing? God knows every move and just the right time to act. He sent Jesus exactly when He planned, and all the prophecies point to it. Think about it. The prophecies God gave to the various prophets of the Old Testament mentioned Him being a Nazarene, coming out of Egypt, being born in the town of David, and being born of a virgin. I could mention more prophecies, but you get the picture. God knows and God plans.
God even planned giving the messages to the prophets. He provided different bits of information to each of them. Now, you might ask why He didn’t simply provide the whole picture, rather than just providing tidbits. I’m not sure we will know until we see Him face-to-face. Yet, we do know that God works in mysterious ways.
As we observe how He planned out the arrival of Jesus, we need to ask ourselves what He has planned for us. We might want to look back at our lives to see how He has prepared us. We should take stock of those preparations and look forward to what He will do in the future.
Jesus fulfilled the prophecy and plan of God. He continues to do so to this day and will continue until the end of time. Wouldn’t it make sense for us to do the same? God has a wonderful plan for each of us. He wants us to trust Him and He wants to provide us with an abundant life. What could be better?
I pray we all take time to review how God has worked in our lives. I pray we look forward to how God will continue to work in our lives. I pray each one of us will contemplate God’s plan during this advent season. Trust God. Look at your past. Look forward to the future. Fulfill God’s plan for you.
Jeremiah 33:15, 17-18 “‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.’…For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’”