Week of September 30
Your Story Indwells God's
God wants you to know his story. Stories about Bethlehem beginnings and manger miracles. Enemy warfare in the wilderness and fishermen friends in Galilee. The stumbles of Peter, the stubbornness of Paul. All a part of the story.
But they are all subplots to the central message: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This is the headline of the story: God saves his people! He casts his net over cities and individuals, princes and paupers, the Pontius Pilates of power and the Peters, Jameses, and Johns of the fishing villages. God takes on the whole mess of us and cleans us up.
This quest is God’s story. And we are a part of it!
We can easily miss this. Life keeps pulling us down. The traffic, the troubles. The doctor visits and homework. One week you are having a baby; the next you are having to move out of your house. “Good news, a bonus!” “Bad news, a blizzard.” Hectic. Haphazard. Playgrounds and cemeteries on the same block.
Is there a story line to this drama? As David discovered, “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes” (2 Sam. 22:25 MSG). But what is the text of our lives?
Your story indwells God’s. This is the great promise of the Bible and the hope of this book. “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone” (Eph. 1:11–12 MSG).
Above and around us God directs a grander saga, written by his hand, orchestrated by his will, unveiled according to his calendar. And you are a part of it. Your life emerges from the greatest mind and the kindest heart in the history of the universe: the mind and heart of God. “He makes everything work out according to his plan” (v. 11 NLT).
From God’s Story, Your Story
Copyright (Zondervan, 2011) Max Lucado
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