In all wisdom and insight, He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
Do you ever feel at a loss? I find I feel this especially when I think of God’s plans for me. When I look back, I can clearly see how God used the most trying and confusing of times to bring about great things in and for me and my family. Yet, I remember clearly in those times just not knowing what to do or how to move forward. It was like living in a fog where God’s will, in the midst of all of the options, seemed so unclear.
Even now as I sit here at my computer, I am unsure of what God has in store for my immediate future. Melissa has been in the process for while now of trying to find a job with a salary that will help balance our family budget. This has been a frustrating few months, and I have no indication that it will get better soon. There have been jobs that we’ve thought, “This is it!” only to discover that it is not what God wants for us. What I do know after having been in similar situations many times over the years is that, whatever God’s will is for us, it will be revealed, and it will be best. Now, when I look back, I think far more of the blessing of His revealed plan than the difficulty of the fog.
When we look back at history, this kind of fog was what the world lived in for hundreds of years. God was slowly revealing His plan, giving His people just enough information that they would have to trust Him. When you look at what is said about God’s planned Messiah in the Old Testament, it is no wonder that the Jews anticipated a conquering political king who would institute a physical reign over a holy nation. Even among those who carefully studied all that God had revealed, there were numerous theories about how and when God would deliver this Messiah. It reminds me of the hundreds of theories there are today about God’s still future plans for His people and the earth by mostly well-researched scholars. It seems like no one can really agree, and new theories pop up every year.
What is not in question these days (at least among Christians), is who the promised Messiah is. God has revealed Him in the person and work of Jesus. Out of God’s kindness to us He revealed His plan of salvation for mankind that was previously hidden. Even though likely many before the first century thought that the Messiah would come in their lifetime, God chose the exact right time to make His revelation. All the forces of history converged at that precise time to bring about His plan.
Now we live in the post-Messiah era. The fog has been lifted. The truth of God’s plan for humanity and its Savior is no longer veiled. Anyone that is willing can learn the truth about this Savior and, in turn, the truth about their own lives in light of what He has done. While I enjoy reading the Old Testament accounts of faithful men and women who trusted in God’s promise, I am so glad to be one who lives beyond the fog. While I would still like the answers to the hundreds of questions I have over the things God has not yet revealed, I am overwhelmingly blessed to be one who daily can dive into the truths that He has.
May we view our lives today as richly blessed by God because we are those to whom He has revealed His plan to save the world through His Son!