His Plan And His Purpose(s)


        Unfortunately, I am not a planner. Fortunately, my wife is a planner. For the majority of my Christian walk I have known God through my studies as someone who counted the cost before sending The Word of God in flesh, Emanuel, Christ Jesus. The enlightenment I am experiencing now in my life is God as The Planner. 

        God had and has a Master Plan in place. Scripture verses that speaks to this idea are - Isaiah 28:29, Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 1:11 to name a few. 

Isaiah 28:29 says, 

"All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent."

Jeremiah 29:11 says,

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

Ephesians 1:11 says,

"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,"

        Notice in this last verse plan and purpose go hand in hand with each other. God has a Master Plan for the Big Picture, He has plans for everything He has ever created and a reason or reasons for them all. There is no "oops" with God. What and how God prepares and reveals to us His preparations constitutes His Plan. What and why to that Plan make-up God's Purpose.

        The Lord has challenged me through studying about Him as a Planner to develop this characteristic more in my life. As such, the Holy Spirit turned me to the life of David and his plans to build a temple for The Lord to help me. Perhaps this study will aide you also in your walk with God.

        David had very detailed plans to build and operate a temple to The Lord. But God had plans for David to be a man of war which excluded David from the task of building the temple but not planning for its construction and operation. David's son Solomon was blessed with the honor of constructing the temple and setting its services for the Lord. 

        The lesson here is to make sure your plans are surrendered to God - not during the planning, not after the planning, but before the plan is even put to paper. Solomon learned from this and said, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans." (Proverbs 16:3)

        Ultimately, we should desire  and seek that our plan aligns with God's Established Plan for us. When this alignment of plans occurs, God's purpose is easier to view and understand.

        The purpose of the temple was a place of God's immediate presence to dwell, a place of worship, a place of Holy counsel and a place of Holy governing by God. 

        From Tabernacle to temple to the believer's physical body - God planned for dwelling places so that His presence could be shared and experienced. 

        If David did not yield to God's Plan for his life and the life of his son, Solomon, history would be slightly different. However, I believe God still would have seen to the building of His temple. After all, David, Solomon, Israel, the temple, every Christian and everything He ever created are part of His Plan And His Purpose(s).