Monday, January 4, 2010

God’s Determination

Each day I will be posting from the daily Bible Reading plan we will be doing at West Side. On weekdays we will be going through the New Testament. On the weekends we will read passages from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs. We invite you to join along.

After reading today’s passage (Matthew 2), the determination of God really struck me. I know from the fall of man God had a plan to restore his relationship with us, but his determination to do so really stuck out today. Three times in this chapter Old Testament prophets are referenced to and quoted. God planned where the Christ child would be born … Bethlehem …. the killing of the boys two years and under …. and that Jesus would be a Nazarene.

God had the insight and foreknowledge to know how all this would play out. He used the emperor of the Roman world to bring Joseph to Bethlehem, he used a wicked king and several wise men to bring horrible death upon baby boys, and he sent an angel to direct Joseph to take the child back to Nazareth.

Now, God’s plan for you won’t be to be the savior of the world, however, it will still have a kingdom impact. How is God working in your life? Do you know he has great plans for you? Are you allowing him to work out those plans in your life today?
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