DayBreaks for 5/16/19: God’s Intent
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2009:
Good intentions. My goodness, I’ve certainly had enough of them to last a lifetime. Do those intentions always translate into right actions? Well, um, no. But just because the action didn’t follow the intent, it doesn’t mean that anything was wrong with the intent. It’s the execution of a good intention that leads to good actions.
There is an interesting passage in Ephesians that speaks about one of God’s intentions. Here it is: His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Ephesians 3:10-11 (NIV)
Maybe it seems strange to think of it in this way, but at least for the present time, God’s intentions don’t always work out, either. They will eventually, but in the meantime, they can get sidetracked, too. They don’t get sidetracked because God changes His mind or because He can’t execute His plan. It’s just that He chooses to make some of His intentions intertwined with the actions of human beings like us. And that’s why His intentions don’t always get fulfilled right away.
It was God’s “intent” that His wisdom should show forth God’s wisdom. How is your church doing at showing forth God’s wisdom? But let’s make it a bit more personal than that…for we are the church. The question could therefore be asked, “How well am I doing at letting God’s manifold wisdom be seen through my life?”
Many churches are too busy fussing and fighting to show much of anything that would resemble God’s character. But when a diverse group of people can not only co-exist, but love one another and let God’s wisdom (not the wisdom of the church leaders) be seen – then something amazing happens. People in this world see something that doesn’t come from this world: God’s wisdom. Even then, however, this display of wisdom from the church isn’t primarily for human eyes – it is for the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. They are watching – and believe it or not, they see the wisdom of God in His plan to involve humans as His family.
You are the church. Does your life showcase your wisdom, or His?
Prayer: Father, forgive us for our foolishness and for wanting to show how smart and wise we are in our human thinking. May we live as your church so that the angels and demons give You praise for Your wisdom in creating the church! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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