Psalm 40:5 (NIV) 5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
Many are the wonders that God has done, and that we know. But to say the second sentence, many are the things you planned for us. That’s what caught my attention in my morning devotion this morning. I wonder how many people know that God has a plan for us? And he planned for each one for us. That’s why seeking the will of God makes sense, because we are not to be passive in life, but actively pursuing to find out his will for us, which means his plan for us.
Jesus said I have come to do the Father’s will on earth. Everything Jesus did on earth seems to have all been written in scripture, how he was to be born in Bethlehem by a virgin woman, rode on a donkey to Jerusalem where people were shouting Hosannas to the Son of David, glory to God on high, and how he was sacrificed as a lamb of God in the ultimate Passover how he was bruised like a reed that won’t break, how he was mocked and whipped on the cross bleeding, all these were already written of him thousands of years ago before he was even born into this world in the Old Testament.
And now, it’s sort of like that for mankind, the elect. Those who professed faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. We all have a plan of God destined for each of us and we are called to run a good race, the race God has called out for each of us. We are to race to win, not to race and lose. We need to be passionate about the call of God, the plan of God in our lives, first and foremost because our God is so passionate about us. If you don’t know that our God, our Lord Jesus Christ is so passionate, you have not begun to understand our God. Look at the movie Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson, though it’s as Hollywood production, it nevertheless carries a lot of verified and authentic stuff from the bible. It shows the intense passion of Christ when Jesus hanging on the cross bleeding and eyes closed, his body hanging on the cross with the nails that went through his feet and his palms, if he were not passionate of redeeming mankind, he would have quitted long time ago! Why ? Because he is so passionate.
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Therefore when psalms says “Many are the things God has planned for us”, that needs to be taken another look. God wants to fill us with rich surprises, look at:
1 Cor 2: 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
What God has prepared for those who love him. The key here is to love him. This jibes with Psalm 40 about David’s sentiment. If there is one person who has expressed so publicly his passionate about the Lord, it will be David. He loved the Lord. The Lord favors him and everything he does he succeeds.
So if you feel conflicted with the way life is going in your life, don’t be, but be patient and continue to wait upon the Lord. And hope in the Lord and flow with his plans which God will reveal more and more indue time, in his timing, not ours. Look at Moses, he waited for 40 years and sounded like he has lost the vision and passion to deliver Israel from Egypt, and God appeared to him in a burning bush in the most unexpected way. He was afraid when that happened, and he kept giving excuses to God’s call repeatedly even, until God brought help to him through Aaron.
So be encouraged!