In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NIV)
Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. (NIV)
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (NIV)
Did you know that the phrase Sovereign Lord appears 298 times in the NIV? Do you know what it means? It means that God is in charge and there is no other authority that God must contend with. God is sovereign and he is the only one. What he has determined, will come to pass. No one can oppose him. He is the King and if he commands, “Off with their heads!” then their heads come off.
There is another Scripture that I would like you to consider in the light of these others.
It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. (NIV)
God’s plan that has been ticking down is exact. Look carefully at verse fifteen and consider what exactly it means. Jesus said that every single passage will be fulfilled and this passage tells us that the timing is exact too. There is nothing that you, nor I, nor anyone in heaven or on the earth can do to alter God’s Plan. Can you save the world? Can you make the world a better place on your own and by your own power? Can you invent some invention that changes the world, for better or for worse, apart from it being in the plan of God? No, no, no.
The phrase in [Ecclesiastes 1:9] used to bother me. I couldn’t understand how it could be true. I mean, people invent things almost every day that the world has never seen before. How can the Bible say that there is nothing new under the sun? This passage is true and every Bible verse is true. It is true because there is nothing that is, that God did not make exact provision for. You, my friend, cannot think a thought that God has not considered long, long ago.
No person is the captain of his own destiny. Are we then puppets? Sort of, or rather you might be. God has a plan. Every single detail is plotted out. You can think of the future history of the world as a completely worked out storyboard. Do you know what a storyboard is? It is like a comic strip where every plot moving action is pictured in a series of events that take place to tell the story. Film producers/directors/screenplay-writers frequently use storyboards to visualize the scenes that must be filmed to tell the story from start to finish. God’s storyboard is in the Bible. Every major scene is depicted there within the Bible, from start to finish. Someone once said, “All the world’s a stage and we are but players within.” How true that statement is.
Are we but pawns in God’s chess game? We are pawns and rooks and bishops and knights and kings and queens all. We are all players in God’s play, or should I say plan.
It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? (NIV)
So, if everything in the world is already mapped out then what is the point of our lives? you might be wondering. The point is, is that God is Sovereign and he has a plan that he will work out, but the parts are not yet determined. The Sovereign Lord is auditioning the actors (that is you) for the various roles that he must fill.
2 Timothy 2:20-21
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (NIV)
Verse 21 above is the key to your destiny. Your job, as it were, is to recognize the Sovereign Lord’s plan and to get in line with it. You are to submit to the Lord and to his plan. He is the screenwriter and the producer and the director. He isn’t interested in changing the screenplay. He is interested in selecting the perfect players for the various roles that will be played out. You can make yourself suitable for the more noble roles or be cast against your will for the fall-guy roles. It is up to you.
When you were an infant your parents did a million and one things for you that you had no idea about. You didn’t have to think about food or clothing or warmth or anything else. You just had to grow. As you matured you grew more and more like your parents. In maturity, you became like your parents knowing and anticipating the needs of your own children. Looking back you can see that your parents gave up their time of doing what they wanted in order to do what was needed for you. At the time you couldn’t see it, but later you can. It is the same with you and your heavenly Father. As you mature you recognize more and more of the things that God has and is doing for you.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)
Stop striving for things. Walk with God. Accept what is and walk with God. Be patient, loving, helpful, kind, gentle, and good. Seek not your own good but the good of others and God will bless you with godliness, or should I say, God-like-ness. Prepare yourself for God’s better parts, so that after all is over you will be rewarded for a job well done.