So many inspiring stories in the Bible, Samson, Ruth, David, Elijah, Esther and many more. What about your yet unwritten story?
Is it possible that your story could be a fascinating story of faith, courage and accomplishments? Would we answer yes? Do we think it could be so?
The people referenced already were not superhuman. They were people who lived by faith, just like you and I.
What might God have planned for you?
3 texts to consider as we think about what God might have planned for us:
Psalm 139:13-16 - For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
Jeremiah 1:5-10 - God said he had His eye on Jeremiah since before he was in the womb. He had a specific role for him to play
Gal. 1:13-16. God had set Paul apart even from his mothers womb. Consider he went from a persecutor of the way to a staunch advocate of the way
What we typically talk about with these passages is God’s amazing foreknowledge, and rightfully so. Some falsely conclude that they teach that everything is predetermined. Not so. Freedom to choose is all throughout the Bible. God will have His way, He is sovereign. And He knows what their, and our, choices will be.
But we miss something else in these passages. God saves us not on the basis of who we are but on the basis of who we will become. What could be our astounding opportunity? God is still at work. Too many of us have too small a view of our lives and what they mean in history. God is writing your story, quit trying to steal the pen, a common saying goes.
What should our response be to this?
1. Settle your spiritual past. Whatever mess is in your past needs to be dealt with. Like Paul on the road to Demascus. Turn from any past habits if necessary, repair broken relationships, whatever it is.
2. Then cultivate faithfulness. Prepare yourself for whatever it is that God has in store for you. We need to offer a life consecrated to Him each day.
3. And then embrace His path. Whatever is thrown in your path, do it, get it done, get through it. How big is it when you save one marriage? How big is it when you say that prayer for someone who needs it? The meal you provide? Your faith makes the difference and cannot always be measured in tangible ways.
4. Revel in what you are. God can use the likes of us. Does that impress us as it should? If not, we’re too distracted by meaningless things.
5. Know what today is. Today is an opportunity for a fresh start. How wonderful is that? We can lay aside the past and press forward to the prize laid out before us. Each of us can change.
How fascinating is our story? Depends on us.