The earth experience is hard, but it’s not our home. It’s not our final destination for those who are in Christ Jesus. Whew.
The real beginning and adventure of a perfected life, with bodies having no disease or limitations, begins when we enter into heaven eternally. We can look forward to living with a continued purpose and a full life of adventures. Whew.
“Oh, Jesus come quickly.”
God had a good plan laid out for each of us long before we made our appearance on this planet. Ephesian 2:10 tells us; “For we are God’s own handiwork, His workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus, born anew that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.”
It is not a plan of failure, misery, poverty, sickness, disaster, and disease. God's plan is a good plan, a plan for life and health, happiness and fulfillment. Other scriptures affirm this truth.
In Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only in order to steal, and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
In III John 2 we read, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and (that your body) may keep well, even as, I know, your soul keeps well and prospers.”
We will benefit greatly if we say to ourselves several times a day, “God has a good plan for my life.” Why should we do that? We need to be firmly convinced of that truth to keep us from being affected by a change in circumstances emotions.
You may ask (just as I do), “If God has such a wonderful plan for my life while I'm not living in it?”
I understand why you ask that question. It is does seem strange that if God loves us so much and has such good plans for us, we still suffer as we sometimes do. What you must remember is that we have an enemy who is out to destroy God's wonderful plan, to destroy the good things God has in mind for us. This happened to me. Though God had a good plan for my life, I experienced anxiety attacks and depression, loss and rejection because the devil came and tried to disrupt that good plan.
But there is something else, something really awesome that we need to understand about God. God does not like it when someone hurts us and tries to undermine His plan for us. He always has a plan for our healing and restoration. While He is making us lie down in green pastures to restore our souls (Psalm 23:2), He is getting up to do something about our situation!
God is on our side and it should be a great comfort for us to know that what we cannot do for ourselves, the Lord will do for us -- if we entrust ourselves to Him. Only He has the power to restore what was lost to us, whether that loss was our own fault or the fault of our enemy.
Yes, YOU are God's own handiwork. He created you with his own hands. We human beings got messed up along the way, so we were re-created in Christ Jesus. We had to be born again spiritually so we could go ahead and do the good works that God had pre-planned for us before Satan tried to ruin us.
Just because you and I have made mistakes or have trouble in our lives, does not mean that God’s plan has changed. It is still there. All we have to do is get back in it by trusting and obeying Him.
The earth experience is hard, but it’s temporary. There is hope ahead. We have heaven to look forward to. Almost everyday now, I recall Psalm 130:7 and say it aloud as if the Lord is speaking directly to me: “Debbie, put your hope in Me, for with Me is unfailing love and with Me is full redemption.”
Keep on keeping on, Dear Heart.
This column is a regular feature of the Detroit Lakes Tribune's monthly Faith page. Debbie Griffith is a Detroit Lakes-born speaker, radio personality and writer who now resides in International Falls, Minn.