All of us make plans.
We ‘plan’ to do certain chores; go certain places; be certain things . We go along, certain that WE are the ones in control of our destiny…then WHAM! Life smacks us with reality.
Ancient civilizations called it ‘Fate’ or ‘Lady Luck’.
We, however, realize that sometimes God has a different path for us to walk.
Yesterday, we pondered about wolves and tears and how they combined with Paul’s advice about ‘commending’ us to be strong. Today, we are going to look at how to approach being sanctified when hit with a change of plan.
Acts 20: 28-32–Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
God has given each of us an inheritance with a place in His kingdom. To honor this place, he instructs us to approach him in a way that does Him honor and accept His judgment. I love to see how His plans come together in ways we often don’t see coming. Even Samuel didn’t see David on the horizon.
1 Samuel 16:4-5-And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came unto Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to do the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and called them to the sacrifice.
When Israel wanted a king, God allowed it. He gave them Saul. Saul, however, decided that he knew better than God and became disobedient. As God can raise us up, He can also bring us down. Poor Samuel knew that Saul was going to have some bitter lessons on the horizon. When God directed Samuel to go to where He planned Samuel to anoint a new king, Samuel wasn’t very happy. He knew the danger that would bring to himself and others. But he obeyed.
When Jesse realized that one of his line was going to be elevated, he assumed (as Sherlock Holmes reminds us NEVER ASSUME) it would be one of his elder sons. He was uneasy at the idea of Saul’s anger, but overcome that by the prospect of having an earthly king in his line. The very last on his mind, however, was the thought that his youngest son David might be the one chosen.
The idea that we are to ‘Sanctify’ ourselves before coming into God’s presence is a good one. We are to confess our sins, clear our minds, and ‘let go’ so we may hear God’s instruction and walk the path He creates for us. Isaiah 5:16-But the Lord of hosts shall be exaluted in judgment, and God that is holy, shall be sanctified in righteousness.
We are SET APART to be holy. We are BLESSED.
Sometimes, our paths are not ones which we would choose. Still, when we come to God and listen, we can be assured that He is in control of His plan for us. We need only keep focused on obeying, listening, and praying so that we choose the right direction…then allow Him to do the work in us that He need do….