Key Verse: This man (Jesus) was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. Acts 2:23
There are many who feel that life is a just sequence of random events. There are many a scientist who believes that even our very existence is by mere chance. However, the Bible is quite clear; God is in control! Not only did He create the universe and everything in it, but He holds it all together (Colossians 1:17). God has a perfect plan, both universally and individually for our lives.
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there is a plan. For example, Psalm 33:11 says “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” God is eternal, and consequently so are His plans. They are unchanging just like Him. We can get so caught up in our personal circumstance that we forget this important truth.
As Jesus hung upon the cross, the situation looked hopeless. It seemed that it was all over. We call today’s ‘Good Friday’, but there was nothing that seemed good about it to the disciples. They had left everything for Jesus, but now he was dead. They had hoped that He would establish a new kingdom, but it seemed that the world won. The Religious leaders had got rid of their ‘trouble maker’ and the Romans their ‘rebel leader.’
The cross is a reminder to us that the temporary appearance of something doesn’t determine God plans. What seemed a hopeless situation to the disciple was actually, God’s plan from before the creation of the world. 1 Peter 1:18-20 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
The cross was a terrible way to die. A painful and embarrassing way to die, but it there to remind us that God can take the worst situation (dying on a cross) and turn it into the best (the redemption of God’s people).
When our plans fail, it is usually because we overlooked something. God knows all and cares even about the smallest details of your life. God’s plan may include some seemingly insignificant details and some unpleasant situation, but “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
It can be tough in the midst of our difficulties to see the “good” God is producing. Someone once said, “A cake in the making is quite different from the finished product. The process includes cracking, beating, whipping and heating, but the final product is good eating.” Whatever situation you are facing today. Trust God in it. He has a perfect plan for your life.