It Will All Come Out in the Wash

When we want God to do something, we would like for Him to do it – right now!  And, of course, we often could care less what other people might be affected, as long we get what we want.

But, have you considered that in order for God’s plan to be completed successfully, many things must come together at the right time, and for the right reasons, and have the right affect on all involved, and also impact those who come after?  Yes, that’s a lot to think about, isn’t it?  Which is why we often do not understand why God does what He does.

As far we as we are concerned our world is all that matters.  But, to God, He must consider everyone else’s world, too.  And in the long-run this sometimes means we don’t always get what we want, when we want it.

John the Baptist must have thoughts along this line.  The situation for John got progressively worse.  He lived in the wilderness until the time he began preaching.  Living in the wilderness is anything, but a picnic.  But, it got worse.

After John baptized Jesus, many of his own followers left him and began following Jesus.  Even to the point where Jesus, and His team, were baptizing more people than John was.  How embarrassing – for, after all, his title was John the Baptist, not John the Second best.

As Jesus’ ministry gained strength, John found his role diminished, and even though he said, “he must increase, and I must decrease,” this doesn’t mean it was easy for John.

Then John made Herod upset by telling him it was not lawful for Herod to have his brother’s wife.  This landed John in prison.

In prison John questioned his own role and the significance of his own calling by sending messengers to Jesus with the question – “Are you the one we are waiting for, or should we look for another?”

Jesus sent a reassuring message to John, but not long after things got even worse as John was beheaded while still in prison.  From bad to worse, to even worse.  That would be the assessment of anyone who looked at the surface of this story.

But, from God’s view everything is in order, and exactly the way He knew it would turn out.  John had fulfilled his ministry, and had done a good job.  His retirement plan was secure and fully taken care of.

All of this is fine and good, and we can see God’s hand in John’s life, and can grasp how there were many things involved in John’s adventures, and even in his final demise.  But, how good are we at recognizing God’s hand in our own lives?

How is it we can easily see how things worked out for John, and Paul, and David, and dozens of others, but when it comes to our own lives, we are a mess?  Well, it really is not that complicated.  We can see God’s hand in those in the Bible because it is laid out for us, and we can see the end results.  In our own lives, however, it is sometimes difficult to see two feet ahead, much less any bend in the road far ahead.

But, there is a plan.  This plan involves not only you, but those people around you, and those who are your descendants, too.  The plan involves not only what you are doing now, but what you will do in the future, too.

So, who in this plan is important, and who is not important?  In other words, who counts, and who does not count?  Well, best I can tell from the scriptures there are no ‘no counts’ in God’s church.  There may be people we don’t think are very important, but that is not God’s view.  In fact, we are often mislead about who is important, and who are not so important.  Why?  Because we base our judgment largely on things such as physical beauty, wealth, fame, power, position, business or church success, etc…  God, judges primarily upon character, and what is going on in the heart, or in things not seen.

So, what is our part in this adventure?  Well, number one – It helps if we do not frustrate the plan of God.  How can we frustrate God’s plan?  By disobedience, by doing our own thing, by trying to push ahead of God’s plan, by trying to hurry God’s plan, by dragging our feet or trying to delay God’s plan, by trying to out-think God’s plan and implementing our plan, which is better.

 

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One Response to “It Will All Come Out in the Wash”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I had almost this same conversation with someone this afternoon! Couldn’t help but smile when I read this blog. Yes, we must all remember that He has a plan and it will work for our good if we but trust Him! Excellent writing……

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