GOD ALWAYS HAS A PLAN
“What should I do?” Many times throughout the course of our lives, we are confronted with decisions to make. These decisions are often hard to make because there are so many things involved. In Old Testament times Elijah made a hard decision. He felt it was time to quit being a prophet. He also wanted to die, since it appeared to him that he was the only one left who served the true God.
However, God refused to accept Elijah’s decision. Even though Elijah showed his weakness, God still had a plan for him to carry out … a very big plan … one which would have far-reaching effects.
We can learn much about decision making from God’s Word. We may decide to do one thing, but God may have something else in mind. We may even make the wrong decision, but even then God has a plan that will work. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). We can’t “mess up” bad enough that God can’t fix it. Rather than allow us to wallow forever in our mistakes, God reminds us of His love for us with the sweet words of the Gospel. He picks us up, brushes us off and sends us on our way to carry out His plan. Elijah certainly found this to be true.
A lesson can also be learned from the history of our nation. On July 4th we celebrate the independence of our country. But at the time when the shot heard ‘round the world’ was fired, many people living in the colonies certainly questioned or opposed the decision to break away from the mother country. In the end the credit must go to our gracious God, who in His infinite wisdom saw the necessity of establishing a democracy which granted religious freedom. It was to this country that many of our forefathers came in search of that freedom. Today we still enjoy that freedom. What began as possibly a bad decision has worked out for our good according to the promises of our God.
God always has a plan, and it will be the best one available. We can count on it!
Pastor James Castillo & Pastor Robert Fleischmann
There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. ~ Luke 15:10