Strategic Moves

Good morning beloved. God’s plans for your life were created before you were placed in your mother’s womb. There is a certain time and place for His plans. You cannot rush them nor changed them. Remind yourself every day that you are here on earth for a reason. You have talents and qualities that can bring goodness to others. A kind smile, a good word, a loving gesture – simple things that can change people.

There comes a time in our life when we have to take the time to plan, set goals and execute them. But in doing this there has to be a strategy. Plans and goals that are not strategically made usually don’t pan out. These plans may be in the natural or can be spiritual, such as praying an intercessory prayer for someone. But you have to make the right kind of moves for your plans to be successful. But if you deal with the spiritual side first then the natural side will usually fall into place.

Looking back I can see now how God was strategically shaping me.  And more recently, I see how God is taking it to another level. Some things can be put into words but there are some that I can’t speak on right now. It’s just like a pregnancy if a baby is born before it’s time it can be premature. The same can happen when you share or talk about things before their time. But I just know that His strategic plan is taking me into a deeper life in the Spirit at a moment when I was so exhausted!

Along the way I can’t honestly say I was always aware of what God was up to in my life—in fact, I was often clueless and frustrated by my lack of clarity.  But in retrospect, I can see God’s hand moving in every stage of my life.  Of course, there are painful parts of my life I still don’t understand, just like there are flawed pregnancies and other human tragedies I cannot explain. Tracing the arc of God’s activity in human affairs is rarely simple.  But neither is it impossible.

In fact, I would say that no matter how convoluted your life seems, if you were to sit with God and review your life together, you might find a rhyme and reason that would surprise you. God moves strategically in life in ways that haven’t always been obvious.

One reason I’m convinced God moves strategically rather than randomly is the way He orchestrated the birth of Jesus. When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that we might receive adoption as God’s children.  When history reaches full term, God sets a number of strategic initiatives into motion.  With perfect timing He arranges for Mary and Joseph to be engaged, for Mary to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit, for Caesar Augustus to issue a decree that assures Joseph and Mary would deliver a son just as they arrive in Bethlehem, for the shepherds to be tending their flocks the very night of Jesus’ birth.

Eventually, the Spirit of God would occupy and communicate with every believer’s soul – otherwise, we could not know we truly belong to God. We might assume it is impossible to be strategic and spiritual at the same time.  But God proves that way of thinking is dead wrong.  Consider God’s relationship to time.  God is the creator of time and simultaneously exists inside and outside what we know as time.  God can see every period of time simultaneously—the past, the present, and the future.  And 2,000 years ago God chose to send Jesus here with us for a time-span period of 33 years. Why then and not now?  Or any other time?

These and many other factors suggest that God acted at the most strategic time, through the most strategic people, in the most strategic manner, to accomplish the most amazing result—the transformation of lost sinners into redeemed sons and daughters of God.  Of course, if Mary and Joseph and a host of others, including Jesus, had refused to cooperate with God, the results would have been quite different.

Our strategic God is always on the lookout for willing people to work alongside Him and make His dreams for humanity come true. I believe God is once again searching for willing people who will partner with Him for the Kingdom. A strategic God.  A willing people.  Combine these two, and anything is possible!

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” Galatians 4:4-7

Live life, give people hope. Share your heart, wisdom and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 2.29.16

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