Are you a planner?

When I was in seminary, Donna used to ask how I was coming along with whatever paper I was writing.  One of my standard answers was, “I’m finished.  I just have to write it.”  Before I ever sat down to write, I created my outline and organized my research.  I had a plan.

Our God is a planner.  His plan for the redemption of man began before the foundation of the world.  The specifics of His plan started with Abraham, continued with David, and were completed through Jesus.

God called Abraham out of Ur and promised to create a nation from him and to bless the entire world through him (Genesis 12:1-9).

God promised David that he would have an heir on the throne forever (2 Samuel 7).  While the kingdom of Judah eventually fell to the Babylonians, God preserved David’s family line.

God then sent His Son, Jesus, the son of both Abraham and David (Matthew 1:1-17).  He is the Savior of the world and the Messiah.  Anyone, no matter their heritage, can be saved through Christ.

As believers we now stand as part of God’s plan.  He is not finished.  Jesus conquered sin and death when He rose from the grave and we are to take that message to the nations (blessing through Abraham), so that they may give their lives to the Messiah (David’s eternally reigning descendant), and be saved from their sins. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that our God is a planner.

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