Daily Devotions


July 4, 2014

“Who works out everything in agreement with…His…will.” Eph 1:11 AMP

W. A. Criswell noted that before a stone was laid in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren saw it in his mind. Before he struck a chisel against marble, Michelangelo saw the mighty Moses and purposed it in his heart. Why should it surprise us then that the designer and architect of the universe should have a plan and purpose for His creation? The Psalmist said, “You wove me in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13 NAS). Before you were even conceived God considered everything that could affect your life, including “the course of world events” (Da 2:21 NLT), decisions of political leaders (See Pr 21:1), and how much hair you’d have (See Lk 12:7). Think about that when you’re having a bad hair day! Dr. Robert Jeffress says: “God’s design not only includes circumstances beyond your control, but those…you assume are under your control. You may think you’re in charge of your time, the route you drive to work, the items you purchase at the supermarket…but ‘The Lord decides what a person will do’ (Pr 20:24 NCV)…all your choices, not just the good ones…If your conception resulted from the premarital liaison of two hormonally-charged teens, an affair, or even a rape…After reading Psalm 139 could you really say your birth was an accident? Somehow God was able to use the moral failure of others to accomplish His plan…and if He can use other people’s mistakes for good, why are we surprised that He can use our mistakes to achieve His purpose? It’s a mind-boggling thought …one that offers hope to anyone who has failed.”

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