Yesterday I posted a piece (Are We Already Fulfilling God's Plan for Us?) having to do with the idea stated in its final sentence: "Maybe God's entire plan for me is nothing more complex or demanding than my finally understanding that God really and truly loves me, just as I am today."
Readers' comments about that piece have been thoughtful and insightful. I found one so inspiring that I thought I'd share it with you. Here it is (the caps are as the appeared in the original comment posting of someone known only to me as "MT") :
"It seems more and more God shatters all I've perceived to be my "responsibility" in "helping" Him to fulfill His purpose in my life... not long ago I sensed Him saying: "Just live your life and trust that I am Who I say I am -- I am Sanctifier, I am Potter... I will do all I have planned for you...and everyday I am working out that plan ...." More and more, He gives me this amazing grace that enables me to believe that what He says He will do for me, He actually IS doing and has been doing and will continue to do!! My confidence in myself is continually diminishing and my confidence in Him is increasing!
"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil 1:6)
"...do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until ALL the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished" (1 Chron 28:20)
"The LORD will perfect that which concerns me" (Ps 138:8)
"It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure" (Phil 2:13)
"Let us fix our eyes ON JESUS, the AUTHOR and PERFECTOR of our faith" (Heb 12:2)
"Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, some thing shaped by art and man's devising" (Acts 17:29)
"He led them forth by the right way" (Ps 107:7)
"Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry and will deliver you!" (Isa 46:4)
"He preserves the way of His saints" (Prov 2:8)
"Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began" (2 Tim 1:9)
"He who has entered His rest has also ceased from his works" (Heb 4:10 )
"Oh, Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with Him is FULL REDEMPTION" (Ps 130:5)
"LORD, ALL that we have accomplished, YOU have done for us!" (Isa 26:12)
"Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. ALL came to pass" (Josh 21:45)
"Where is boasting then? It is excluded!" (Rom 3:27)"