We Had Hoped He Was the One

Following the 2012 presidential election, a colleague wrote, "Christ is king and neither Obama nor Romney are of any consequence in the grand scheme." A family member took exception to that comment and we had a little study on it that I would like to share with you:

We are proud of our accomplishments. If we are working toward a certain goal, we think that goal is worthwhile and important. It hurts to think that anyone would say our efforts are of no consequence. First, let me say that the good efforts of anyone are of great significance to the immediate recipients of their graciousness. But in the the grand scheme, often the best intentions of mankind are the exact opposite of what God desires.

Take for example the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). A great work was begun that would help the people be united. Yet God destroyed that effort. What seemed good to men was against God's plan.

Is slavery a good thing? Yet God put his chosen people in Egypt where they would be enslaved. Notice that the Jerusalem temple was destroyed twice by armies sent by God. He even used the barbaric Babylonians to discipline his people. And of course, the death of God's own son is something we would never have thought of as good, until God showed us that it was necessary.

Notice the dejection of Jesus' followers after he was crucified: "We had hoped that he was the one" (Luke 24:21).

We must be sure not to put our plans in place of God's. It is great to have plans, but don't place your hope in what can be accomplished on earth. God may have an entirely different way that he is going to accomplish something.

The other side of the situation--

But don't think that this truth makes your individual efforts unnecessary! "In the grand scheme" one person may be inconsequential. But God does have a plan for this world and that plan does involve somebody getting something done! Another example: In Esther 4:14, the queen is told, "If you keep silent, God will raise up help from some other place." This speaks to the fact that God can use anyone he wishes. God is not restricted to any one particular person or event. But the rest of Esther 4:14 says, "but you and your father's house will perish." If a person is not willing to be part of God's efforts in this world, he will also not receive God's blessings.

So, while I should not think that I or my champion are the only hope for mankind, I must also not think that I should not be active at what is given me to do. Great things happen in God's kingdom in every age. Esther 4:14 finally ends with: "Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

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