Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me. When as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:16)
In Psalm 139:16, the Bible talks about the concept of preordained destinies and says that you and me were in God’s heart and mind—and were a part of His divine plan—long before the world began. This verse affirms to us that God’s unique purpose for our lives was formed and created long before we were even a twinkle in our parents eyes.
The day will come when we will stand in heaven and discover that the Lord not only thought of us before all times, but also planned for our salvation and life purpose before the foundations of the world.
It is important that we understand this, because this life is the only one you or I will ever have the chance to live. We don’t have several go-arounds, so we can’t kind of relax and take it easy during this one. And we can also take comfort that no matter what we have done, we won’t be coming back as a cockroach in the next life!
We can chuckle over (and maybe even be comforted by) that fact, but the sobering reality is that the option after this life—if a person does not receive the Lord’s salvation plan—is radically worse than being a cockroach. Spending eternity being separated from the loving God who intended far better than what some have chosen is a horror unimaginable and impossible to describe.
The Lord calls us to receive His salvation and to actively choose to live our lives in partnership with Him. He values each one of us and has a plan for each of us. The Lord wants to see us living out the fullness of His best plans and purposes for us, but we must do our part to make that happen. The starting point for that is to be faithful to seek Him in everything and to put Him first and foremost in our lives. When we do, He will prosper and bless us, and we will be able to experience all He has for us!
– By Pastor Jack Hayford
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