Sunday, December 1, 2013

Countdown to Christmas - The Best Plan


As we begin our “Countdown to Christmas” at Church On The Rock, there are two Bible truths which challenge us in this season:
1.   God’s plan is the best plan.
2.   One Word from God can change everything.

Luke 1
5  When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.
6  Zechariah and Elizabeth were blameless in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.
7  They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.
8  One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his group was on duty that week.
9  As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.
10  While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.
11  While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.
12  Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him.
13  But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.

God’s plan is the best plan
·        There is always more to the plan of God than we presently know    
·        One moment of God’s favor is worth a thousand days of our labor
·        While we are waiting God is working

Note the scriptures say Zachariah and Elizabeth were both blameless … blameless and yet barren. At times we might imagine there has to be someone to blame when things aren’t going the way we want them to go. However, the scriptures show us there was no one to blame on earth or in heaven. I am certain Zachariah and Elizabeth and their whole family were all disappointed but nonetheless they remained blameless. Much like Job refused to blame God for his troubles.

“In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.” (Job 1:22 NLT)

In our worst days, and even in our best days, God has a plan and God’s plan is the best plan. The best any one of us could hope for is that our life, in the good days and in the difficult days, might glorify our Heavenly Father and benefit His plan. Why? Because His plan is the best plan.

It is for this reason we cannot discount the ordinary every day, day in and day out, hum drum pace of normal life. Verses 8 and 9 show us the importance of simply showing up and doing what we are told and trusting God for everything else. Imagine what would have happened if Zechariah discounted the importance of his daily duties. It was an ordinary day …

Zechariah was not expecting a miracle that day … he was simply going about his ordinary duties of life by showing up and doing whatever he was assigned to do. Zechariah was no one special, in fact a good argument could be made for the opposite. However:

Extraordinary opportunities come at very ordinary times to very ordinary people. And even when we don’t feel special, still we are. The truly extraordinary people are those who conquer the ordinary … others are merely “wannabees.” They want to be chosen but can’t qualify. You see, it is often the ordinary which qualifies us for the extra ordinary! And, without regard to our current situation, one Word from God changes everything!

Two more quick notes as we begin our Countdown to Christmas this year:
·        Though we may lose sight of our prayer requests, God never does.
·        God is not limited to what we know; what we are going through; or how we feel.

God has a plan and His plan is the best plan. He has not forgotten you or your needs. One Word from Him can change everything. Have you heard from God today? Let’s pray and place our lives securely in His hands.