His Unchanging Plan
05 June 2009
4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT)
My life is changing. I’m getting older (Are you getting older or is it just me?) and I don’t have the physical stamina I used to have. I need more rest and it takes longer to bounce back. (And the bounces aren’t as springy as they once were!)
The world around me is changing. The downturn in the economy over the past couple of years has changed our lives forever. Some people lost businesses, some lost jobs, some lost everything they had worked for. God will take care of us, but it won’t be like it was.
I’m glad (and you probably need to hear this today as well) … that God’s plan for you and me is an unchanging plan. Before the world began, he loved us and chose us. It has always been his plan to make us his beloved children through Jesus Christ.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the Promised Land. 14 Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who fear Him. With them He shares the secrets of His covenant. (Psalm 25:12-14)
8 “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend, 9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve me. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:8-10 NLT)
I will be your God throughout your lifetime - until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. (Isaiah 46:4 NLT)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
Father, thank you for your unchanging plan and your unchanging promises to me and my friends who read this today. We trust in your unchanging love. Amen.