God’s Eternal Perspective

As we enter into a new year many of us begin to plan out what the year might hold.  I’ve been a “planner” for as far back as I can remember.  This habit of making goals and planning my year out (and even further) was one that I started in my teens.  I made sure I wrote out my goals.  As I grew older I even worked with establishing “milestone” events to see if I was making the strides I wanted to see with these goals.  In my mind I felt I could control the sequence of life’s events by creating a roadmap.  To a great degree goal setting is very important in our lives regardless of our age.  But through time, experience and wisdom I have found that while a roadmap is great — to really see these goals manifest in your life you need to also have an understanding that it’s all going to happen in “divine order” and in “divine timing” as God wills it to be.  And once you get that, you’ll stop beating yourself up when you don’t meet the timelines of your plan.

The following devotional writ is taken from the EXPERIENCING GOD DAY-BY-DAY devotional written by Henry and Richard Blackaby.  I encourge you to get it (see the icon below to order) and to read it everyday.  It is filled with inspirational messages tied to the bible and extremely thought-provoking.  It is by far one of my most favorite devotionals that can be used year after year.  I will quote the entire message for January 16 below:

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.  Genesis 12:2

“Big assignments require big characters.  God will give you a responsibility in proportion to the size of your character.  In Bible times, a person’s name represented his character; to know someone’s name was to know what the person was like.  That’s why God changed the name of some when He transformed their character.  For example, the Lord wanted to bless all the nations of the earth through Abram, yet Abram’s character was too weak for such a great task.  God said He would make Abram’s name great so that He could make him a blessing to future generations.  Then over the next twenty-five years, God developed Abraham’s character to match the name He had given him.

“God sees your life from His eternal perspective.  He will take whatever time is necessary to grow your character to match His assignment for you.  If you have not received a divine commission lately, it may be that your character needs maturing.  Are you impatient to begin your work before God has refined your character?  A small character will fail in a large responsibility every time.  Don’t be too hasty to get to the work.  Character building can be long and painful.  It took twenty-five years before God entrusted Abraham with his first son and set in motion the establishment of the nation of Israel.  Yet God was true to His word, and thousands of years later people continue to be blessed by the account of Abraham’s life and by his descendant, Jesus.

“How is God building your character?  Do you sense He has a task for you that will require a far greater man or woman than you presently are?  Will you yield to God as He works in your life to prepare you for your next assignment?”

How true these words ring out to me.  God’s been working on my character for many many years.  Even though I was great at goal setting and meeting many of my goals, I had very little understanding that God was propelling me in the direction He wanted me to go in.  That understanding started to become a little bit clearer in my later years of life.  He is still working on me.  I am a work-in-progress.  Becoming aware that God was holding all the answers was a major “ah-ha” for me.  It certainly made my life a whole lot easier by allowing what was to manifest in my life to come in it’s own great timing. 

If I were to pick one of the greatest character-building traits He has taught me it’s PATIENCE!  Without this trait I would be feeling great frustration because I would still be looking to see things happen in my life on my timeframe vs. God’s.  Once I realized that with patience all things come in divine order and in God’s timing — wow, life became a whole lot easier. 

If you are trying to make a bigger life for yourself I would urge you to come to grips with the idea that you too are going to have to learn patience before you begin to experience the abundant life God has in store for you.  Does God have an abundant life in store for you?  You bet He does.  You just have to believe it’s yours for the wanting.

 

Experiencing God Day-by-Day: Devotional

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