God’s Game Plan

God’s Game Plan

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 by in Re-Imaging Church

Many today are facing the greatest challenges of their lives. Daily we put on our “game face” and present to our friends and family this confident, full of faith individual; yet inside there is uncertainty, doubt and maybe a little fear. In prayer, we question God seeking to find answers to our situations, yet at times He seems so silent. Am I hitting home yet?

I am not sure, but somewhere along the line, Christianity has presented this idea that once you are born again God just makes everything OK. It is presented that He is our go to guy to “get er done” and the bible is a cookbook of recipes for the solutions to our problems. Yet we find no matter how much we pray, study or quote scripture: life is still pretty hard! (it’s ok to say amen here).

Is there a purpose or outcome of all this? Why would this happen if I’m His child and I have been living my best for him? A couple of days ago I read Romans 5:3-5 in a different translation and have found myself ruminating over it.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to endure. 4 And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. 5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” NLT

The writer of these verses was familiar with problems and understood the purpose in our lives. Below is a list:
• They help us learn to endure
• Endurance develops strength of character
• Character strengthens our expectation of God’s work

These problems actually help us grow – it develops our character: strength, peace, contentment, trust, faithfulness and hope in God. And this will not disappoint us.

I am not implying that we should like problems, but that we should keep the right perspective. Our born again experience is not a destination: it is the entrance to a transformational life. The ultimate destination is to be conformed to His image. It is the trials of life that assist the Spirit in this transformation.

How do we know this is for our benefit? The writer says we know God loves us because He has given us His Spirit to fill our hearts with love. He would not choose to dwell in something that was destined to fail! So this correct perspective can allow us to rejoice – because we know the end game is to be like Him!

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One Response to “God’s Game Plan”

  1. Nana Attobrah

    19. Jul, 2010

    Yes this is a situation that I find myself in presently. Sometimes I ask myself, “have I missed the appointed time, or I haven’t fasted enough, or do I have something evil in my heart?” It’s a very painful period in one’s life, and it needs real guts, faith, perseverance and steadfastness to come out victorious.

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