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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…Who works out everything in agreement with…His…will.’ Ephesians 1:11 AMP

WA Criswell noted that before a stone was laid in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren saw it in his mind. Before he struck a chisel against marble, Michelangelo saw the mighty Moses and purposed it in his heart. Why should it surprise us then that the designer and architect of the universe should have a plan and purpose for His creation? The Psalmist said, ‘…you wove me [together] in my mother’s womb.’ (Psalm 139:13 NAS) Before you were even conceived God considered everything that could affect your life, including ‘…the course of world events…’ (Daniel 2:21 NLT), decisions of political leaders (Proverbs 21:1), and how much hair you’d have (Luke 12:7). Think about that when you’re having a bad hair day! Dr. Robert Jeffress says: ‘God’s design not only includes circumstances beyond your control, but those you assume are under your control. You may think you’re in charge of your time, the route you drive to work, the items you purchase at the supermarket but ‘the Lord decides what a person will do.’ (Proverbs 20:24 NCV) All your choices, not just the good ones. If your conception resulted from the pre-marital liaison of two hormonally-charged teens, an affair, or even a rape, after reading Psalm 139, could you really say your birth was an accident? Somehow God was able to use the moral failure of others to accomplish His plan. And if He can use other people’s mistakes for good, why are we surprised that He can use our mistakes to achieve His purpose? It’s a mind-boggling thought and one that offers hope to anyone who has failed.’

SoulFood: 2 Chron 12-15, Luke 20:1-8, Ps 142, Pr 19:21-23

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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