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God's Plan

God's Plan

07 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 18-19; Psalm 3; Luke 7

Scripture:

29 When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s plan was right, for they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism. (Luke 7:29-30 NLT)

God’s plan was to send John The Baptist to prepare the way for his Son Jesus, the Messiah. Those who believed God’s message through John – those who repented and were baptized by him accepted God’s plan for their lives. Those who rejected John and his message also rejected Jesus and in rejecting him also rejected God’s plan for their salvation.

John didn’t fit the prophet profile they had built up. John’s message didn’t align with the politics, the economy, or the religious system that had grown up around Judaism. John was an outside to the system and a threat to the status quo. Jesus followed John’s pattern and was more concerned with people’s hearts than religious systems.

The Jewish religious and political leaders rejected God’s Plan because:
• It wasn’t what they expected.
• It threatened their carefully balanced relationship with Roman rule.
• It threatened the positions and roles of the established leaders.
• It was costing the Temple money.
• It required heart change.

God’s plan for me may be just as challenging and unsettling. If I reject what God says to me because it isn’t what I expected or because it costs more than I’m prepared to pay or because it requires heart change, I could miss God’s plan for me. I don’t want to miss it.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for being patient with me. I really don’t want to miss your plan for me. Help me respond in simple faith. Help me to accept the unexpected, pay the higher price, and keep learning and changing so I don’t miss your best plan for my life. Amen.

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