Everyone needs a plan. Whether planting a garden, beginning a career, or raising a family, a plan is a good thing – a very good thing – to have. Tweaks along the way will probably be necessary, and perhaps a particular plan will have to be abandoned in favor of a different one, but a plan is the starting place for almost any worthwhile endeavor.
And God thought so, too.
Before time began, God had a plan. More correctly, God had the plan. It involved the creation of energy and matter, then the cosmos, then the earth, and then mankind (Genesis 1:1-2:25). Unlike a human plan, however, God did not have to resort to trial and error to achieve success. He never had to go back to the drawing board or wonder what went wrong.
One plan. One perfect plan.
As part of that plan, God gave humans free will – the ability to choose. And at times the choices were stark: good or evil, right or wrong, love or hate.
God wanted our best, but all too often He received our worst.
God knew we were capable of great things, but He also knew we were capable of great depravity. Sin entered our world and our hearts, and the original connection between God and mankind was lost (Genesis 3:1-24).
God was saddened, but He was not surprised.
Yes, the Lord could have created us to be robotic and left out the entire notion of free will. He could have preprogrammed us and avoided glitches such as sin as well as self-sacrifice.
But where is the love in that?
Into His plan, His perfect plan, God wove love. His love for us. Our love for Him. Our love for each other.
It is this love which separates us from all other creatures.
No matter how intelligent another member of the animal kingdom may be, and no matter how well it may adapt to an environment, it can never love or be loved as God intended for us.
From God’s love came the promise of a Savior (Genesis 3:15). Then, in the fullness of time, that same love brought forth God’s Son – Jesus, the Christ – into this world: born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem us from the law (Galatians 4:4-5).
God’s plan, however, was not about chaos; it was about compassion. He did not give us the right to sin but the right to be set free.
Today, as you continue your journey of life as well as your journey of faith, please know that God loves you. He always has. He always will.
So when human plans begin to fail or fall apart, remember that you are loved by a perfect God with a perfect plan.
And you are part of His plan.
-- Dr. John Morris