Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Doctrine of Divine Providence or Bloom Where You Are Planted - Part Four

The Doctrine of Divine Providence
Bloom Where You Are Planted - Part Four

What does this have to do with us here today? Two things.

First: how we treat the Jewish people and the Jewish nation is of extreme importance, but even more important than that is that we MUST realize that GOD is in control. Not only is He in control of history, and nations, and peoples, but He is in control of individual lives as well.

What began in the book of Esther with a drunken orgy, and the queen being deposed, culminates, through a wild set of circumstances with a young Jewish woman on the throne, in just the right place and just the right time to save God’s people. What happens next? I don’t have time to tell the rest of the story. You’ll have to read it for yourself. It’s suspenseful and riveting as we ask, “What will she do?” You see, God is in control, but there is that matter of “free will.” And Mordecai tells her
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place but you and your father's house will perish. But who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

Who knows, but that you are here today for a definite reason? Who knows, but that you have a particular job for a reason? Who knows but that you are in a specific class in school for a reason, and interact with specific individuals for a reason? I can look back over the years and see circumstances and so-called “coincidences” happening that culminated with other things happening and certain people put into places that left on their own, they would have never been!

We are to “bloom where we are planted.” We are to serve where we have been set. If you’re going to wait until you’ve got all your ducks in a row, if you’re going to wait until everything is perfect to serve God, you’ll never serve Him.

Who was it? John Lennon? Who originally said, “Life happens while you’re making other plans.”
Make no mistake, God’s will, will ultimately be done. And who knows, but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this…

Let us pray;
Father, as we live the ordinary lives of very ordinary people, may we see Your hand on history, your movement in the world, and your presence in our own lives. Lead us to “bloom where we are planted” for the Glory of the Kingdom, that Your will may be done, on earth as it is done in heaven. In Jesus’ name AMEN.


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