GOD’S MYSTERIOUS PLAN
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way – ‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,’ ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.”’ Mark 1:2-3

God’s ways are very different from human thinking and doing. We tend to build up the pomp and privilege of people in leadership roles, such as kings and presidents when they are introduced to the public domain. We gravitate toward these occasions deserving grand and splendid formalities, but God is not in the least grandiose in His introduction of leaders He chooses.

Throughout Scripture, the characteristics and capabilities of God’s chosen leaders and the settings and circumstances in which He implements His leaders would, in today’s world, baffle human expectations and standards. John the Baptist, for instance, was sent by God as a herald of Christ, a forerunner to usher in His kingdom. The Bible tells us John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair and he always wore a leather belt. He lived on locusts and honey and preached in the Judean wilderness, not the ideal location to reach masses of people. Nevertheless, they came in droves from all over Judea, and were moved enough by John’s message of repentance that every day people lined up to be baptized.

John was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, both from the tribe of Levi, ordained by God as the tribe to serve as the priesthood for the nation of Israel. John could well have acquired a distinguished position with fine clothing and all the status and privilege of being a temple priest in Jerusalem. Instead, he remained a humble servant, “a voice of one calling in the wilderness”. Jesus pays the highest accolade to him when He says, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).

Many key characters in the Bible whom God chose as leaders and prophets came from humble beginnings, uneducated and poor. It is not intellectual capacity, where we come from, how we look and dress or even our capabilities that interest God. What interests God is a disposition of heart that He can mould and conform into being of service to Him. It is the heart that listens to God, the one who obeys and puts God’s will and agenda above all else.

There are two aspects of God’s plan we should remember. Firstly, God has unfathomable and infinite wisdom far beyond human understanding. Hence, the popular saying, “God works in mysterious ways,” but secondly, God’s plans are also mysterious in that they are so often not in agreement with what the world values and follows. Yet what God plans comes to fruition, and the beauty of it is that one fine day all the pieces will fit together, revealing to us a God of love in all His wisdom, power and sovereignty.

PRAYER: Dear God, though Your plan for me may not be the most appealing from a human perspective, help me to cherish it and move in the direction You lead me. Thank You, Lord.


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